Steelers Coaches Lake, Porter Both Present At Florida Pro Day

Keanu Neal

The University of Florida held their annual pro day on Tuesday and while Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin had to reportedly miss it due to both being in Boca Raton, Florida for the league’s annual meetings, at least two members of the teams coaching staff were in Gainesville to watch several of this year’s top draft prospects from that school go through their workouts.

According to Eric Edholm of Yahoo Sports and Tony Pauline of draftinsider.net, Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter celebrated his 39th birthday on Tuesday by attending the Florida pro day in Gainesville along with defensive backs coach Carnell Lake.

ETA: A reader has now stated that he observed Colbert in attendance as well on the television coverage of the event.

According to Zach Abolverdi of SECCountry.com, 15 players from Florida’s 2015 roster were scheduled to work out Tuesday for league coaches, scouts and general managers in the schools indoor practice facility. That list of players included: CB Veron Hargreaves III, S Keanu Neal, DT Jonathan Bullard, LB Antonio Morrison, RB Kelvin Taylor, WR Latroy Pittman, WR Demarcus Robinson, WR Valdez Showers, TE Jake McGee, OL Mason Halter, OL Trip Thurman, DE Alex McCalister, LB Anthony Harrell, CB Brian Poole, and LS/WR Roger Dixon.

Hargreaves, Neal and Bullard all probably had the attention of Porter and Lake at Tuesday’s pro day as they are all considered early-round draft prospects. Hargreaves, however, is expected to be long gone come time for the Steelers 25th overall selection in the first round. According to several internet reports, Hargreaves chose to stand on his numbers that he posted several weeks ago at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He reportedly looked tremendous in position drills, however, according to Pauline.

Neal, however, reportedly improved his 40 time from the combine on Tuesday by more than .1 of a second, according to Pauline, who went as far as to suggest on Tuesday that the young safety is still in the conversation as the first-round pick for the Steelers. Neal, who measured in the combine at 6004, 211-pounds, recorded 94 total tackles and one interception last season.

According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Neal ran the 40 in 4.59 and 4.63 seconds and also did the short shuttle in 4.32 seconds. He goes on to say that Neal “was outstanding in the positional drills, and did such an excellent job that he has a chance to be a high second-round choice in the draft.”

  • 3rdcoaststeeler

    Colbert was there at the Florida Pro day. I watched it on the SEC network.

  • falconsaftey43

    Morrison is a really good ILB prospect. McCallister is a really good pass rusher and option at OLB.

  • CP72

    Think Neal is pretty high on their safety list. He’s a down hill thumper.

  • Ike Evans

    Morrison is one of THE BEST linebackers in coverage i have ever seen on tape

  • falconsaftey43

    Has a violent stack and shed too. I really like him.

  • Ike Evans

    Words cannot express how much of a fan of vernon hargraves i am….i think hia style of play is the perfect fit for our team and scheme….hate that we wont sniff him at 25….im hoping alexander, jackson, and apple all continue to impress and the “lesser” teams opt for them over vh3…making him drop a bit…..smh wishful thinking…..love keanu neal too

  • WreckIess

    I’m hoping we can see Neal slip in the draft. In all the fansided mocks I’ve done he’s feel to us in the 2nd almost every time, but I’ve also had some where Hargreaves fell to us in the 1st so I’m taking that with a grain of salt.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Univ. of Florida is just a GREAT place to be on pro day. Year after year after year, it seems like they have 4-5 “Steeler draftable” guys.

  • PittsburghSports

    I like Neal a lot, just not sure I’d spend a 1st rd pick on him. I never know wether to believe the Pro Day numbers either, because they’re always better, and usually hand-timed while the combine is electronic. Pauline also said “a number of teams timed him in the high 4.4s (4.48/4.49)” too. If that’s true, then that’s petty impressive and definitely puts him toward the top.

  • Tom Jackson

    VH3 is so incredible. Kind of sad that we can’t sniff a prospect like him but then again you don’t wanna have that ravens season to be in position.

  • Ike Evans

    Haaaa…..true. They are about to get a baller ugh….i hate them…ozzie isn’t going to miss on this pick…tho im praying he does

  • Tom Jackson

    Well since he timed in the low 4.6s at the combine I would kinda wanna go with that number. Overall still pretty impressive explosion numbers at the draft so the 4.6 wont kill him IMO.

  • Tom Jackson

    I hope they go with stanley. Those top 10 LTs never are a sure thing and stanley although talented leaves something to be desired on tape.

  • Ike Evans

    Ive been told by actual nfl scouts that front offices go with hand times they take and fans and media ppl usually lean on the official combine times more then the decision makers do

  • Ike Evans

    Ive routinely mocked them robert nkemdiche…..on the hopes he meltsdown as a pro

  • Brian Miller

    Yep, me too.

  • Tom Jackson

    Nice one too. Lol Man I really hope they don’t hit a HR here. They had enough ‘luck’ on draft day through the years. They are up for a big bust. That could also be 2 1sts in a row…

  • Ike Evans

    My brother just said to me the other day…ozzie missed on matt elam…missed on courtney upshaw…hes due smh……..screw that

  • CP72

    Yeah Neal is the ideal 2nd round target. There’s gonna be a good safety there in the 2nd . Neal, Joseph, Bell, Davis, Thompson…..any of those would have to get a hard look in the 2nd.

  • vasteeler

    would love to have Neal but i believe you start from the front (dline) and work your way back(secondary) when needing both, plus i dont think golden will be a liability, he looked pretty versatile following Te’s and receivers in the dime last season

  • CP72

    Hargreaves would be my dream DeCastro drop prospect this year.

  • Tom Jackson

    I actually was a big fan of elam in 2012 (or 13?) as a prospect. Was so mad then they drafted him. That turned out quite well though… but then I also loved Mosley in 2014… well can’t get him all. Lol

  • Scott Thomas

    Draft them all! #GoGators

  • Scott Thomas

    Idk about Pittman though…they already have one guy on the team from North Marion High School and he’s had some problems the last couple of years

  • SteelersDepot
  • Jon Crissinger

    Yeah, I thought it was really good. All of those players are receiving a ton of interest from the Steelers as well.

  • Michael James

    Maybe they try to trade up in the second round (they tried last year)? For me he is a bit too unpolished for our pick at 25, but he will be gone when we pick in the second round, so they could take a gamble or trade up a few spots. I would really love to have either Neal or Karl Joseph.

  • PaeperCup

    I like Neal just as I liked Shmarko Thomas coming out of Syracuse.

  • Ray3

    It really doesn’t matter where Carnell Lake goes – he can neither identify or develop talent. Waste of an airplane ticket.

  • Kelly Walker

    Lale was my favorite Steeler in 95. Played LB in college and moved to SS in the NFL and was Damn good. In 95 he moved to CB when Rod went down and he had a really good season. That being said the secondary has been bad. How much of that is Lake’s fault? Did he have any say when Lebeua was here? We don’t know.

  • Trey

    I am just tired of us failing at drafting good decent CBs. If we know our main weakness is the secondary why don’t we sign a decent CB??? Ummmm Bokyin comes to mind. Is there any chance in the universe that we in the first round trade down from 25th to maybe 28th in front of the Cardinals pick and gain another draft pick if a CB like William Jackson & Eli Apple are still on the board at 25??? I doubt we will go CB in the 1st anyways but I just don’t want to wait till the 4th or 6th Rd to address CB when that is our weakest position. If we fail at CB this year again, I am all for firing Carnell Lake.

  • 58Steel

    So if we don’t pick an early round CB, it’s Lake’s fault?

  • Big Joe

    Dave- why would JP be watching Bullard out of curiosity?

  • Trey

    If Lake can’t develop our CBs like he’s suppose to then yes it is his fault. I am sure Carnell Lake gives his inputs when it comes time to drafting CBs and our track record for drafting CBs shows for itself.

  • Tim Goetz

    The steelers really have a good chance to solidify their secondary in this draft. They should be able to land a top CB in the first and a top s in the second. And wait until the third to get their DL in a deep class.

  • Tim Goetz

    It’s not lakes fault. Blaming lake is the easy way out. When they refuse to invest high in the draft at his position it’s no easy task to coach a bunch of mid to late rounders.

  • SteelersDepot

    Just a general statement as those three players were the big draws. Don’t read anything into it at all.

  • Big Joe

    Cool beans. I looked at his eval and he looks like he might fit a hybrid front. A bit more pass rushing technique needed from what folks say but good against run, good motor and effort, good character, etc.

  • Brandon Campbell

    Better than Jack?

  • Brandon Campbell

    Do you think Neal can drop to us in the second?

  • Brandon Campbell

    Yeah I think they gonna come away with maybe the best draft this year. They have 7 picks in the first four rounds. Which kinda makes me nauseous!

  • Brandon Campbell

    Let’s hope…

  • Ike Evans

    Nooooooo…..that kid is a different animal…myles jack is a monster and could still get better

  • Ike Evans

    In my mind……no chance….i dont think neal gets past oakland at the latest…..stranger things have happend tho

  • SteelPierogie

    yes he did, he vouched for terry hawthorne

  • popsiclesticks

    Stanley seems kinda….oaf-ey. He’s strong as hell but I think he’ll prob have a career like Phil Loadholt or something like that.

  • Applebite

    They should consider trading back and picking Neal, before he hits the 2nd rd, and get that extra pick to boot. They really do need that safety back there that can help out with the corners and switch up with Mitchell from time to time.

  • Shane Mitchell

    None of the safety prospects excite me this draft, I hope they just pass on safety and pick up a veteran safety
    There are 30+year old safeties that can run 4.6 available right now in FA for veteran minimum

  • Kelly Walker

    Lake has been with the team for 4 seasons and his first he was hired like 1 month before the draft so I’m pretty sure in 2011 he had no say. In 2012 they didn’t draft a CB till the 7th rnd. In 2013 they drafted Hawthorne in the 5th and maybe Lake did vouch for him, but maybe just maybe he was just trying to get a body before the 7th rnd. He got another 5th rnd bust in 2014. OK so fire the guy because those 2 5th rnd and that 1 7th rnd pick did’nt work out?

  • Tom Jackson

    Yeah, I don’t know. It’s not like I hate stanley as a prospect I just feel like his floor could be really low and he could fail in the NFL (although I don’t believe he will bust) and he has fairly big strides to make to get to his ceiling. If I look around the top 8 or so players in the draft he’s the one I wouldn’t wanna touch the most.

  • Trey

    Horrible excuse. Todd Haley was hired 3 seasons ago and yes it took some time for Ben and Haley to really make things work; 2 seasons if I’m almost certain. Once Haley came our offensive became a lot different. Ben has def improved since Haley took over. We kinda always been lucky when it comes to WRs in the draft so I can’t speak there. Mike Munchak became our offensive line coach 2 seasons ago and your not going to tell me that our O-line doesn’t look a lot better since he came on board. Now if you think Haley didn’t have a say in the draft I.E. Dri Archer or Carnell Lake I.E. Shaquille Richardson your sadly mistaken. So again I believe if Lake doesn’t do better job evaluating these DBs I will be the first one in favor of getting rid of him. 3 seasons in a row and our secondary is the weakest. Just saying if a rookie performed the way Carnell Lake has performed thus far we wouldn’t be getting no second contract that’s for sure. Look at Jarvis Jones they don’t know what they want to do with me? I will always love the Steelers but I’m a realist. Let’s fix this problem before it makes 4 seasons in a row of bad DBs.

  • Kelly Walker

    The only rookie he had that was a top 3 rnd guy was Colston. Was it Lake’S fault Colston got hurt? Mucha has been an olinemen coach for a long time. This is Lake’s first DB coaching job there is a learning curve and they haven’t helped him much by drafting 2 5th rnd guys and 1 7th rnd guy in his first 3 years. Cockrell and Boykin both have made some strides since coming to the Steelers so it isn’t like everyone has failed. Also Blake starting was probably not Lake’so call. If it was then maybe they should fire him.

  • Jim Foles

    Lake will have a better year… 41 left.

  • Steve

    That may be the problem. Why put a guy as DB coach on his 1st gig? Go out and get someone that knows what they are doing, cause Lake sure don’t. So he played the game, that does not mean he knows how to teach it. Have you ever had a teacher, that know the stuff, but don’t know how to teach it? Thats Lake.

  • Trey

    I am glad Blake is gone. I just see a great improvement in our O-Line and Offensive when we had Haley & Munchak for a shorter period of time than Lake. I will give him the benefit of the doubt than 3 seasons of bad secondary lies on Colbert. We can’t continue to ignore going after a big time CB either in free agency or the draft. It is nice to see Ben throw for so many yards and have the #1 or #2 offensive in the league but if we had good CBs not even great but good CBs we wouldn’t have to put up so many points to secure a W. Plus this might be the last time Bell, De-AngloWheaton, Brown, Green, Coates, and Bey play together. We have to utilize them to get that #7 Lombardi Trophy.

  • John Pennington

    Will Lake step down if the steelers draft good corners and he stiil has a bad year then we will all know that time has passed him by time will tell.If secondary gets in top 10 thats a good year anything 12 to 32 is a failure for the secondary gave him 2 extra spots