NFL Draft Needs: Steelers

NFL Draft Needs: Steelers
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Old Dominion DL Rashaad Coward has visits lined up with the Texans, Broncos, Jets and Giants, according to Texans beat writer Aaron Wilson.

The Jets and Giants visits will be viewed as "local" stops, since Coward is from Brooklyn. The true defensive tackle class is quite shallow in this class, so a number of teams will try to find a guy they believe in on the third day. Coward offers pass rush skills along with run defending prowess.
Mar 30 - 11:02 AM

Miami QB Brad Kaaya has been dealing with a turf toe injury in his right foot since Oct. 20, according to beat writer Matt Porter.

Kaaya says he is close to full health, but he still has not complete a full workout for teams in terms of running and agility times. The injury obviously limited Kaaya's mobility for much of the season, a season that was overly disappointing in comparison to previous years. We think Kaaya will be selected in rounds two through four.
Source: Canes Watch
Mar 30 - 10:14 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline says the Bengals are "seriously considering" Oklahoma RB Joe Mixon at the top of round two.

Josh Norris recently mocked Mixon to this exact spot at pick No. 41. Mixon already visited the Bengals, and the team has been known to take more risks in free agency and the draft in comparison to their counterparts. Why? Likely due to the overlap between the coaching staff and the scouting staff, along with the team's owner being involved in the process.
Mar 30 - 10:01 AM

Texas Tech QB Pat Mahomes leads drafts prospects with 18 total visit and private workouts, according to Aaron Wilson.

We struggle to find 18 teams who have an immediate quarterback need, or clubs who might be looking for a future signal caller in two or three years. Mahomes is a unique quarterback prospect in this draft. There's a valid argument stating Mahomes does not have a clear comparison of success in the NFL, but many times unique prospects create their own mold.
Mar 30 - 9:46 AM

The Jets private workout with Mitch Trubisky on UNC's campus takes place on Thursday.

Trubisky and the Jets have been linked for months, so the selection at No. 6 would not be a surprise. However, the Jets might be the most tight-lipped organization in the NFL and selected a quarterback in the second round who never even touched the field. The Jets roster is currently worse than it was to start the 2016 season.
Mar 30 - 9:31 AM

CBS Sports' Pete Prisco passes along word from the NFL meetings that the first round buzz around Cal QB Davis Webb is picking up.

We've seen the link for a few weeks now, but the momentum does not seem to be slowing down. The initial question was if the league love was coming from one team or multiple, and it seems like the latter is true. Or, perhaps, this is just another example of a "late riser" receiving undeserved hype. Webb transferred to Cal after losing the starting job at Texas Tech. He attended the Senior Bowl and looked closer to average than a first rounder.
Mar 30 - 9:18 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah writes that Ole Miss TE Evan Engram "has entered into the discussion [as a Day 1 pick]."

One NFL executive who spoke with Jeremiah believes that Engram has had the strongest draft process of any player this winter/spring. Said that executive of the 6-foot-3, 243-pounder, "He answered every concern people had about him. People questioned his blocking in the fall. Well, he goes to the Senior Bowl and shows tremendous improvement. Any questions about route running and speed were answered [in Indianapolis]." We wouldn't say that Engram has completely eliminated all questions about his blocking, but on the speed front, yessir. The Ole Miss standout destroyed the 40-yard dash in 4.42 seconds during Combine testing. We still see a second- or third-round selection as most realistic for Engram.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 3:55 PM

Pro Football Focus believes that Mississippi State T Justin Senior will "need a complete re-tool of his pass-blocking technique [in the NFL]."

"Senior may not be a Day 1 starter but his physical ability will quickly make up for his learning curve and bad fundamentals. His versatility to play in any scheme and make any block will serve him well," notes the PFF analysis team. This past season, the 6-foot-5, 331-pounder surrendered a trio of quarterback sacks, two quarterback hits and 15 hurries. These numbers represent an improvement over his performance from the previous two campaigns. Speaking further to Senior's learning curve, NFL Media's Lance Zierlein cautions that "lack of bend and inconsistent footwork could cripple his NFL cause if he doesn't improve them."
Mar 29 - 3:41 PM
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