The draft process continues for Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Tomlin was spotted at LSU’s Pro Day on Friday.
Many of the top prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft played their college football at LSU, including LB Devin White and CB Greedy Williams, both expected to be taken in the first round this season.
Williams is viewed as one of the top corner prospects in the draft, alongside Washington’s Byron Murphy and Temple’s Rock Ya-Sin. Williams is highly regarded for his ball-hawking skills and man coverage abilities.
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White appears to be a favorite to land in the top ten of the draft, and will undoubtedly be the first inside linebacker off the board thanks to his tackling abilities and sideline-to-sideline speed.
Both Williams and White have been linked to the Steelers, as either player would fill a position of need for Pittsburgh and would contribute right away.
— Evan Lazar (@ezlazar) March 14, 2019
Other players of interest were at LSU’s Pro Day, including TE Foster Moreau. Moreau’s draft stock has risen since his impressive week at the Senior Bowl, establishing himself as a mid-tier tight end prospect.
Tomlin was also seen speaking to CB Kelvin Joseph and S Grant Delpit as well.
Mic Drop: Adam Zielonka of Washington Times on McFarland, Brooks
Instead of trading for a proven running back like Leonard Fournette, the Steelers simply drafted a rookie with their 4th round pick. That rookie is Anthony McFarland out of the University of Maryland. To fully explain what McFarland brings to the table, Mike Asti was joined by Adam Zielonka, who is a sports reporter for the Washington Times. Zielonka also touched Antoine Brooks, the other Maryland product drafted by the Steelers.
Colbert Explains Why He Wanted Three Rounds Added to 2020 Draft
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is offering an explanation as to why he wanted three rounds added to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Speaking with NBC Sport’s Mike Florio on the PFT PM podcast Tuesday, Colbert took the opportunity to clarify his suggestion.
“The reasoning was, part of it was selfish,” Colbert said. “You wanted to have a safety net because we’re dealing with less information, and the more picks you have, maybe you’ll have a little bit of a safety net again.”
With the league’s self-implemented travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were unable to conduct their normal scouting activities prior to the Draft. This included Pro Days, private workouts and in-person interviews.
Less opportunities to watch and speak with prospects results in a larger margin for error.
Colbert went on to say that it also would have benefited some of the fringe prospects in the Draft that never had the chance to showcase themselves at a Pro Day or other setting.
“The other thing was it would give the marginal player that didn’t get his opportunity to go to a Pro Day and to perform. Maybe there will be more players drafted and then those players will then again have the chance they might not get.”
Now without rookie minicamps, the challenges are mounting for clubs and NFL hopefuls.
“Every year a team might stumble upon a tryout player,” Colbert said. “Maybe if we ever get on the field, we can think of a way to help those because there’s a big group of players that aren’t getting opportunities because of the situation.”
Colbert reminded Florio that the Steelers discovered Devlin “Duck” Hodges as a tryout in camp last year.
It is unclear when teams will be allowed to return to the practice field for their offseason programs, with clubs currently conducting theirs entirely from home.
Mic Drop: NFL Draft Recap Show
It was eat, sleep, draft coverage, repeat for Mike Asti and the Steelers Now crew this past week. And now that the draft is over, Mike Asti evaluates each pick and gives his thoughts on some moves he says the Steelers should have made.