The Steelers have formally met with Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, according to Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star.
Okwuegbunam was a force for the Tigers over his three years in Columbia, catching 98 passes for 1,187 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunam said he he’s enjoying the Combine experience, had a formal interview last night with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Adds he has more formal interviews set up Wednesday night, teams TBD. pic.twitter.com/lKA0nKiXqR
— Herbie Teope (@HerbieTeope) February 25, 2020
Measuring in at 6-5 and 258 lbs, Okwuegbunam has great speed on routes down the field and an excellent ability to win 50/50 balls in the end zone. The area he needs the most improvement is with his route running, where he lacks efficiency and the ability to consistently get separation.
Tight end was one of the many points of weakness for the Steelers offense in 2019. Vance McDonald paced the unit with 38 catches for 273 yards and three touchdowns last year, but missed four games due to injury. Tight end Nick Vannett was next with just 13 receptions for 128 yards.
With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the twilight of his career, the Steelers appear to be doing their due diligence to sure up the middle of the field and find him another weapon by way of the 2020 NFL Draft.