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Steelers Meet With WVU Receivers Gary Jennings and David Sills

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The Steelers have met with West Virginia receivers Gary Jennings and David Sills, per a report from NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala. Both Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert attended WVU’s Pro Day on Thursday, taking in the best of what NFL hopefuls had in Morgantown, WV.

Jennings and Sills finished their careers as one of the best receiving duos in recent memory for the school, combining for nearly 4,400 yards and 52 scores during their careers.

After the departure of Antonio Brown, the wide receiver position has been a hot topic around the Steelers. Despite signing Donte Moncrief via free agency, many expect the Steelers to select a pass-catcher with one of ten current selections in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Both Jennings and Sills impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl back in January, as both are projected to be day three picks (rounds 4-7) in the upcoming draft. Click here to watch Sills speak at the NFL Combine.

The Steelers have been doing their due diligence of homework at the receiving position before draft day, meeting with the likes of Marquise Brown to D.K. Metcalf, and a herd of other players at the position as well.

More work will need to be done before the Steelers step to the podium just five weeks from now, but the Steelers have shown a desire to draft a receiver and the fit could possibly come from just down the highway.

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Should Steelers Use First Round Pick on a Center?

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Does the news of Maurkice Pouncey’s retirement mean the Steelers should now draft a center in the first round? Pouncey’s absence obviously creates a need at an important position, but is center now a big enough hole that it becomes the top priority?

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NFL Releases Further Details of Altered Draft Process

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After cancelling the in-person NFL Scouting Combine last week due to COVID-19 concerns, the league released further details of the significantly altered draft process in a memo to clubs Friday.

Teams are prohibited from timing, testing, interviewing or examining draft prospects at any location other than all-star games or the respective player’s pro day.

Clubs are also banned from hosting draft prospects for facilities visits, dinners, film sessions and private workouts. Violations of these rules would be subject to punishment in line with the NFL’s anti-tampering policy.

Further muddying the process, clubs will only be allowed to have a maximum of three individuals attend pro days. However, all times and measurements are said to be made available league-wide.

Lastly, the league also released further details and restrictions on the pre-draft interview process. While in-person interviews and visits will be prohibited, they can be conducted virtually or via telephone.

Clubs can schedule up to five video conferences or phone calls with a prospect, with each conversation limited to one hour. Virtual psychological tests will not count against the five interview limit.

Teams can begin conducting interviews with draft eligible underclassmen on Monday, Jan. 25.

Interviews with seniors can begin on Monday, Feb. 1.

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NFL Cancels In-Person 2021 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis; Pro Days On

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After weeks of rumors and speculation, the NFL has made it official, announcing in a memo to clubs Monday they are significant alterations to the 2021 Scouting Combine.

Annually held in Indianapolis, the league is scrapping in-person workouts at Lucas Oil Stadium, instead opting for pro days on college campuses. The NFL will coordinate with schools to ensure “consistency in testing and drills,” providing video of said workouts to all clubs.

Interviews and psychological testing of prospects normally executed at the physical combine will instead be conducted in an entirely virtual format.

As for medical evaluations, limited in-person exams will most likely be conducted over a three-day span in early April. While some evaluations will also be held virtually, an undetermined number of prospects will be invited to designated satellite locations for in-person exams. Each franchise will be permitted to dispatch a physician and athletic trainer to conduct the in-person portion.

Leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft in April, the league will work directly with clubs, schools and affiliated broadcast partners to ensure media availability with Combine invitees. The NFL intends to keep with tradition and make head coaches and general managers available to the media as well.

The altered Combine format was devised and overseen by a special committee of league and club officials, including NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills, Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert.

Further details regarding protocols and finalized dates will be released as the committee continues to meet and plan over the coming weeks.

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