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Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth Would ‘Love’ to Play for Steelers; Colbert, Roberts, Tomlin at Pro Day



Photo by Penn State Athletics: Pat Freiermuth

The Steelers had a heavy presence at Penn State Pro Day. So, it was no surprise to see Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin show up in State College on Thursday. However, new Tight End Coach Alfredo Roberts also was there, and he ran highly touted tight end Pat Freiermuth through his drills on the day. After the drills were finished, Freiermuth and Roberts were actively seen having a joyful interaction.

Freiermuth said that he had met with the Steelers multiple times before Thursday. He has met more than a few times with Roberts himself. Freiermuth had a rather glowing review of Roberts.

“You know, that’s my guy,” Freiermuth said. “I’ve met with him a few times. Those calls have been great. I would love to play for an organization like the Steelers.”

While he has met with Tomlin and Colbert virtually, Freiermuth said seeing them in person really made the feeling sink in.

“It was an honor to have Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin watch my Pro Day,” Freiermuth said.

After season-ending shoulder surgery, Freiermuth did not test at all on Thursday. Revered analyst Greg Cosell compared Freiermuth to Heath Miller earlier this week. While the Steelers love Freiermuth and that feeling is mutual, it is likely that Freiermuth is a prime candidate in either a trade back scenario, or there is also the off-hand chance that Freiermuth could fall to the 55th pick.

As for how he is viewed by NFL teams, Freiermuth said that most of them love his versatility.

“Teams see me as that F Tight End or that move tight end,” Freiermuth said. “They will line up in-line and block and then split me out wide.”

The Steelers strong interest in Freiermuth is only the latest inkling of interest the Steelers have had in tight ends this season. The Steelers have also talked to Georgia’s Tre McKitty and Ole Miss’s Kenny Yeboah thus far.