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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert insisted third-round WR Sammie Coates has good hands.

The tape says otherwise as Coates dropped 8-of-75 targets for Auburn in 2014 and showed poor ball skills. "What I will tell you is, they didn’t play him every down," Steelers WRs coach Richard Mann said. "What happens is he disappears. A lot of times, in my opinion, players have a tendency to lose concentration simply because they weren’t involved and then you bring them back in the heat of the battle." Coates will start his NFL career battling Markus Wheaton for the No. 3 job. The Steelers are willing to roll the dice thanks to unique physical talent.
May 5 - 8:23 AM

Steelers OLB James Harrison has been told he'll have a reduced role this season.

Harrison played 39.9 snaps per game last season. Now 37 years old, the Steelers want him closer to 25 per game. It's something they can easily do with first-round picks Bud Dupree and Jarvis Jones coming off the edge.
May 5 - 8:17 AM

Steelers signed Lafayette RB Ross Scheuerman.

Scheuerman (6'0/204) was a dynamic all-purpose weapon in the Patriot League, scoring 31 career rushing TDs, eight receiving TDs, and two TDs on kickoff returns. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry and caught 129 passes in four college seasons. Scheuerman showed good-not-great athleticism in Indy, running 4.62 with a 33-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. With excellent hands, Scheuerman could carve out a Rex Burkhead-like career as a passing-down option with special teams value.
May 2 - 9:53 PM

Steelers signed Auburn C Reese Dismukes.

Dismukes (6'3/296) won the 2014 Rimington Trophy as the nation's top center, finishing his time at Auburn with two first-team All-SEC selections and 50 starts. He showed passable athleticism in Indianapolis, running 5.31 with a 27 1/2-inch vertical and 8-foot-11 broad jump. An undersized, high-effort scrapper, Dismukes can only play center and has a ceiling of "functional starter" despite his decorated college resume.
May 2 - 9:51 PM

Steelers signed Penn State G/C Miles Dieffenbach.

Dieffenbach (6'3/305) made 26 starts for the Nittany Lions, primarily at left guard. He missed eight games in 2014 after tearing his ACL in spring practice. Soon turning 24, Dieffenbach is old for an incoming rookie with medical flags and average athleticism, running 5.32/5.35 at the PSU Pro Day with a 27-inch vertical. Dieffenbach's play slipped dramatically coming off injury last season, and he will likely have to move to center to carve out an NFL career.
May 2 - 9:49 PM

Steelers signed Kansas State C B.J. Finney.

Finney (6'4/318) earned first-team All-Big 12 in each of his final three seasons and was the Big 12 Co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2014, sharing the honor with Baylor LT Spencer Drango. Short armed (32") and not a great athlete, Finney is a former wrestler who wins with power and tenacity. He allowed just 2.5 sacks across 52 college starts. Finney has starting-caliber upside, even if his shortcomings prevent him from ever becoming an "elite" NFL center.
May 2 - 9:48 PM

Steelers signed Texas A&M TE/T Cameron Clear.

Clear (6'5/277) spent two years as a blocking tight end with the Aggies after transferring from community college, managing nine catches for 76 yards and a touchdown. He's expected to convert to offensive tackle in the pros, where Clear's 4.98 forty, 9-foot broad jump, and 32-inch vertical would make him a plus athlete for the position. Clear has 33 5/8-inch arms, also offering adequate length for the switch. He's likely a one- or two-year project.
May 2 - 9:46 PM

Steelers selected Louisville S Gerod Holliman with the No. 239 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Holliman (6'0/218) went from lightly used backup in 2012-2013 to Thorpe Award winner as a true junior last year, an award presented to the nation's top defensive back. He piled up an NCAA-high 14 interceptions. Although Holliman was utilized most often in coverage at UL, he showed a noticeable tendency on tape to shy from contact in the run game. He also demonstrated poor athleticism at the Cardinals' Pro Day, running 4.62 with a lineman-like 27-inch vertical and 9-foot-1 broad jump. Holliman was a playmaking ballhawk in college, but his transition could be rough. We'd be surprised if he grew into an NFL regular.
May 2 - 5:57 PM

Steelers selected Miami OLB Anthony Chickillo with the No. 212 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Chickillo (6'3/267) made 47 starts for the 'Canes, piling up 25 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. He shined at the Combine, running 4.79 with a 7.17 three-cone time, one of the best by a defensive lineman. Miscast as a block-occupying 3-4 end at Miami, Chickillo turned heads at the East-West Shrine Game, where he was allowed to rush off the edge. Although Chickillo isn't a truly explosive rusher, he has long arms (33 1/2") and big hands (10 1/8") and will likely stand up in a designated pass rushing role.
May 2 - 4:56 PM

Steelers selected Central Michigan DT Leterrius Walton with the No. 199 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Walton (6'5/319) made 32 starts for the Chippewas, piling up 18.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-MAC pick as a senior. Walton showed movement potential for his size at the Combine, running 5.25 with a 27-inch vertical. A size-gifted player with a good motor, Walton could become a legitimate contributor if he learns to play with better pad level.
May 2 - 4:22 PM

Steelers selected Penn State TE Jesse James with the No. 160 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

James (6'7/261) made 31 starts in three seasons with the Nittany Lions, piling up 78 catches for 1,005 yards (12.9 YPR) and 11 TDs. He made honorable mention All-Big Ten as a 20-year-old true junior in 2014. James recorded strong Combine numbers considering his size, running 4.83 with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-1 broad jump. James has long arms (33") and the physical attributes of an NFL mismatch, but needs a lot of refinement as a blocker and in the way he puts his athleticism to use. He's a two- or three-year project with starter potential and could become prominent once Heath Miller hangs up the cleats.
May 2 - 2:53 PM

Steelers selected Ohio State CB Doran Grant with the No. 121 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Grant (5'10/200) made 30 starts in his four-year Buckeyes career, tallying ten interceptions including five as a senior en route to first-team All-Big Ten honors. He clocked 4.44 at the Combine, but managed disappointing vertical (33") and broad (9'8") jump numbers. Grant is a plus tackler and could be a functional short-term starter in a zone-coverage scheme, but isn't quite talented enough to match up with NFL wideouts man to man. He will likely spend his big-league career as a sub-package cornerback and special teamer.
May 2 - 1:06 PM

The Steelers planned to draft Maxx Williams at No. 56 overall before the Ravens traded ahead of them to select Williams at No. 55.

Baltimore surrendered a fifth-round pick and No. 58 to get to 55. The Steelers' interest in Williams strongly indicates GM Kevin Colbert is seeking a long-term successor to Heath Miller, who turns 33 this season. Pittsburgh's ultimate inability to land Williams ensures Miller's role is secure for 2015.
May 2 - 12:47 AM

Steelers selected Auburn WR Sammie Coates with the No. 87 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

The pick is even more intriguing after the Steelers added Martavis Bryant last year. Coates (6'1/212) spent three seasons at Auburn, parlaying 82 catches into 1,757 yards (21.4 YPR) and 13 TDs. Long armed (33 3/8") and explosive, Coates blew up the Combine with a 4.43 forty, 41-inch vertical, and 10-foot-11 broad jump. The range of outcomes on Coates is wide. A dominant physical talent with poor ball skills, Coates dropped 8-of-75 targets in 2014 and has a floor in the Cordarrelle Patterson-Stephen Hill range. Working in Coates' favor is a relentless work ethic and ability to outrun coverage. The 22-year-old is a boom-or-bust prospect.
May 1 - 10:52 PM

Steelers selected Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson with the No. 56 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Golson (5'9/176) made 33 starts for the Rebels, amassing six tackles for loss and 16(!) interceptions. By leading the SEC with ten picks as a senior, Golson earned consensus first-team All-American accolades. Golson ran 4.46 at the Combine with a 33 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. Golson is small with short arms (29 3/4"), but a good enough tackler with enough quickness to become a playmaking slot corner. His shortcomings as a boundary corner were exposed in 2014, allowing five touchdown passes into his coverage. Still, Golson will immediately move ahead of Cortez Allen and William Gay as the Steelers' top corner.
May 1 - 9:03 PM


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