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.
#Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin are here at @WVUfootball Pro Day. Standing next to them are WRs Gary Jennings and David Sills. You know who has a knack for finding mid round gems at that position? (📸 via producer extraordinaire @APGroover) pic.twitter.com/JRF4E6LNro
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 21, 2019
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.
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.