Pauline: Steelers Show Interest In NT Treyvon Hester

The Pittsburgh Steelers sent personnel to work out Toledo nose tackle Treyvon Hester, according to a report filed by Draft Analyst’s Tony Pauline. And Hester has a visit scheduled with the Steelers.

Per Pauline’s report, Hester held his own workout, attended by 13 different teams, after being unable to work out at the Combine due to shoulder surgery.  Weighing in at 6’2/3, 304 pounds, he reportedly ran an impressive 4.9 and jumped 31.5 inches in the vertical.

It doesn’t appear, however, John Mitchell was in attendance. But Hester will be making the short trip out to Pittsburgh in the near future for an official visit. Hester is a Pittsburgh native and attended Penn Hills High School, meaning his visit won’t count against the 30 each team gets.

In 2016, he racked up 39 tackles, 8 for a loss, and five sacks. He has 13.5 career sacks and enjoyed a steady, productive career with the Rockets.

The Steelers have shown interest in late round nose tackles and may draft one in order to push Daniel McCullers, who has failed to take the step forward the team was hoping for. For what it’s worth, Pauline seems awfully high on Hester, calling him one of the best nose tackles in this class and comparing him to Ahtyba Rubin. NFL Draft Scout ranks him as the 22nd best defensive tackle and projects him to be a 6th to 7th round selection.

As of today, the team still has six available slots for pre-draft visits. They should conclude sometime next week.

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  • cencalsteeler

    Hate to say it, but the Shade Tree experiment is all but over. His massive size had everyones hopes up, but lets be honest, his play has fizzled much like a balloon losing it’s air. We need a nice dose of a rotational duo who can create double teams and create some inside pressure. Hester and the Digger would be a nice compliment for each other and Hesters 13.5 sacks in certainly impressive.

  • Steelers12

    Would it translate to nfl

  • steelasfreek1981

    Who did he play his college ball for?
    Would love to see a profile on him and more NT’s. Hopefully we can find a backup in the Hargrave mold that has the potential slide out and rush a little.

  • Steelers12

    If they drafted kpassagnon would that take him off the board

  • Steelers12

    Toledo

  • Iulo

    I like the possibility… but which round we are talking about?
    is there a possibility to get him as an UDFA?

  • cencalsteeler

    Well, they took a flyer on the Shade Tree and I think he only had a sack or two with Tennessee, so at this point, anything should be an upgrade one would think or at least hope.

  • Michael James

    I doubt that, they’re looking for a classical NT to replace McCullers. Kpassagnon is a DE.

  • Steelers12

    I hope we draft Kpassagnon so we can have a pass rushing dlineman

  • Conserv_58

    There is no doubt, in my mind, that because the Steelers are entertaining the idea of drafting a NT they’ve chosen to end the McCullers experiment.

    He gave an interview not long ago about what he thinks he needs to do to secure the starting NT position. McCullers’ answer was not the least bit comforting since he said the exact same things he did after his rookie season. He said that he needed to drop more weight, get into better shape, work on getting his pad level lower, improve on his technique, and know his assignments better so that he didn’t have to think as much. That admission spoke volumes about how much he has not progressed in the time he’s been on the team. Therefore, if he hasn’t figured out and accomplished by now what he must do to prove his worth then it’s time to stop wasting time and energy on trying to fit that square peg into a round hole.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    I doubt he gets drafted as he seems like just another guy to me.

  • Michael James

    Exactly my thoughts. Everyone drools over McCullers mammoth-size appearance, but fact is that he simply isn’t a good football player.