Toledo TE Michael Roberts Had An “In-Depth Sit-Down” With Steelers


While the Pittsburgh Steelers had a busy Monday signing two unrestricted free agents, one of their position coaches was present at the Toledo pro day.

According to Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst, Steelers tight end coach James Daniel was present for the Toledo pro day to watch Michael Roberts go through the paces. Pauline adds in his reports that Thomas met with the Steelers and Detroit Lions Sunday night.

After his Monday drills ended, Roberts reportedly said “he had an in-depth sit-down with the Steelers,” according to John Kampf of The News-Herald. Additionally, Roberts said he has had “frequent” talks with the Steelers and Lions.

Roberts, who measured in at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine at 6043, 270-pounds, ran the 40-yard-dash in Indianapolis in 4.86 seconds. On Monday, Roberts slightly bettered that time, according to Pauline, as his times ranged from 4.78 to 4.82 seconds.

Last season, Roberts caught 45 passes for 533 yards and 16 touchdowns and during his three years at Toledo caught 70 passes for 832 yards and 22 touchdowns. Roberts is currently projected to be a day-three selection and that’s not overly surprising when you consider how deep this year’s tight end class is.


According to Lance Zierlein of NFL.com, “Roberts’ tape shows inconsistent effort from a blocking standpoint, but it also shows the strength and ability to handle those chores on the next level.”

Despite re-signing tight end David Johnson at the start of the league year, the Steelers appear to be willing to draft another tight end this year and especially with the future of last year’s free agent prize, tight end Ladarius Green, in question because of his concussion history.

  • VaDave

    I don’t know about him, but his teammate, running back Kareem Hunt looks pretty stinking good. Alex?

  • Spencer Krick

    Hunt is one of my favorite RBs in this class.

  • VaDave

    Dang, how did he slip under the radar. I looked at Roberts highlight reel. When it was over, there was a list of other videos, Hunt’s being one of them. Wowser. You know anything about him?

  • Spencer Krick

    He caught my eye when I watched the senior bowl, dude has unbelievable balance and good vision.

  • VaDave

    I looked at the list of completed profiles, at the end of one of Alex’s articles for a link, but did not see it. Maybe on of the mods know where it is.

  • steelburg

    They are in the market for that big body blocking TE. This guy and Jeremy Sprinkle fit the mold. I’m rooting for us to take Sprinkle.

  • falconsaftey43

    Big and athletic (didnt test great, but good body control etc.) Catches well with those huge hands. Poor blocker, wiffs a lot. When he manages to lock on as a blocker, he’s able to get a good push.

  • Steelers12

    How many sit downs are you allowed to have

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I don’t care if this guy is slower than most of the other TEs, he still looks good. Made some amazing catches for TDs and he is solid so DBs sometimes just bounce off him. If they don’t pick a TE early and trust Green somewhat I am fine with them picking this guy later.

    This guy Roberts really rumbles when he runs and reminds of this years version of Green or even the current Antonio Gates.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    He’s intriguing and has a very good chance to be a better pro than college player imo.

  • T3xassteelers

    I like him a lot. If we don’t get a TE early, I’d love to get him early day 3.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I’d hand the ball off to him in goal line situations. 😊

  • Shane Mitchell

    The guy got caught shoplifting from the store that was sponsoring the bowl game they were playing in during a shopping spree where they gave every player $400 dollars to spend in their store, and he goes and tries to steal from the store, screw him, hope he goes undrafted, ungrateful scum.

  • LucasY59

    I think they can talk to as many players as they want at pro days

    there was a limit to interviews at the combine, and only 30 private workouts, but I dont think there is a limit to meetings at pro days (which from what I understand is what the article is talking about with Roberts)

  • LucasY59

    I think it was just a mock Kozora did after the Senior Bowl that talked about him, no profile that I saw

  • Steelers12

    ok thanks, you are always insightful

  • RMSteeler

    Carry’s his weight well, but could easily lose 10lbs. Good thing he has big hands, his QB throws a good knuckleball! Browns will draft that QB because he probably threw 30 INTs with that throw! How do we know he can catch a spiral?

  • Alex Kozora

    I like Hunt a lot.

  • Alex Kozora

    I did the report on Hunt in February.. Just search for it. I’ll look at the profile list – maybe he got looked over.

    EDIT: Hunt is in the list at the end of each profile. Just Ctrl F his name.

  • LucasY59

    I see it now, but the mock is what I remember about him (you did have him in your senior bowl mock IIRC)

  • Alex Kozora

    I believe you are right.

  • Don

    Yeah I was thinking it looked like a HS QB. And not a great one at that.

  • Conserv_58

    IMO, there should be no doubt that the Steelers will select a TE in this draft and they should. Of the four they currently have on the roster, Jessie James and Ladarius Green can be considered assets in the passing game. David Johnson’s role is that of a blocking TE. He’s, Matt Spaeth redux. By now most fans are highly aware of Ladarius Green’s concussion history and how precarious his health status is and will be. His time with this team is tentative at best. It is for that reason that I expect Kevin Colbert to make good use of the quality and depth of the TE talent available to him in this coming draft.

    There is a plethora of good TE’s that Colbert could draft, but if I had my choice I would take, Adam Shaheen, even if it required using their second round pick. Watching him play, he has Steelers player written all over him. He may be from a small school, but his videos show him as being a man amongst boys. At 6’7″, 278 lbs. and a 4.6+ forty he has the real potential of being a ten year contributor. There is much about him and his game that remind me of, Heath Miller. I get visions of him teamed up with Martavis, AB, Bell and Rogers and Coates in the red zone and imagine opposing DC’s trembling trying to figure out how to stop them from scoring.

    I think, Roberts is a good prospect, especially if he can be had in the third round.

  • Douglas Andrews

    I’m fan of this guy get him to drop 10-15 pounds and I think he could be a good all around TE.

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  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    He’s not THAT slow. 4.78 for a 270 lb TE isn’t too shabby.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    I have the feeling that day 3 for TE is the plan.
    I would be ecstatic if we drafted this kid.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Does he remind anyone else a little of Antonio Gates? That’s the vibe I keep getting watching his highlight video.

  • Steelerfan4lifeinAZ

    I think he fits our offense perfectly especially at 270lbs as a tight end that has great agility and can catch the ball away from his body. I look at it mostly from a 2 TE set which we run often in our pro set. I know we have James,Green and Johnson but you can get him in the 6th round i would take him

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You are correct, but he is slower than many in this draft class.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Big guy with enormous hands.. those things are like baseball mits! Another site talked about his difficulties in life growing up. Hard not to root for the guy. Caught a bunch of TD’s Senior year. Some of his measured stats at the Combine aren’t very impressive. But we do seem to have an interest in the TE’s this year, that’s for sure. My hope personally, is that if we grab one, it will be in rounds 5-7. So that would put Roberts squarely in the crosshairs. Wherever he goes, I hope he gets drafted and makes a life for himself. I really root for the ones who overcome such difficult hardships in order to make their dreams happen.