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Steelers Show Interest in Ladd McConkey, Brock Bowers at Georgia Pro Day

The Pittsburgh Steelers showed plenty of interest in Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey and tight end Brock Bowers at Pro Day.



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Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey against Florida - Tom Allen / University of Georgia Athletics

The Pittsburgh Steelers sent a hefty contingent to Georgia’s pro day on Wednesday. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, general manager Omar Khan, offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, and defensive coordinator Teryl Austin all made the trip, according to Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy.

And while Amarius Mims did not work out due to injury, there were two players whom the Steelers were caught seemingly having their eye on. For one, wide receiver Ladd McConkey was thoroughly scouted by Mike Tomlin throughout the day. Tomlin closely watched McConkey go through his drills, a sign of his interest in a player at pro days. All of that occurred while Tomlin spent most of the day talking to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart.

Meanwhile, Smith talked at length to tight end Brock Bowers. While the Steelers do not need a tight end, Bowers is the player who could signify the team filling their void at wide receiver with another tight end instead. But that seems unlikely. Still, the presence of Tomlin and the rest of the big brass around this pro day is not unexpected, but it’s notable. The Steelers seem set to target at least one Georgia player, with Mims leading the way, but McConkey and Sedrick Van-Pran Granger are also high up on that list.

Mims stated that he did meet formally with the Pittsburgh brass in Indianapolis before declaring himself 100% for the testing portion of the combine. On Sunday, he was in the process of putting up some gaudy testing numbers before a minor hamstring tweak, forcing him to cut his workout short without completing the agility tests. For obvious reasons, there has been a lot of discussion in Pittsburgh recently about offensive linemen having to switch sides or positions as a whole. Mims isn’t concerned about it.

On top of that, defensive backs Tykee Smith, Kamari Lassiter, and Javon Bullard headline the defensive group, with Teryl Austin there on looking.