Welcome to the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Board Series! Over the next few days, I’ll be creating big boards for each round of the NFL Draft the Steelers have a pick in. I’ll then discuss these players, among other draft notes, on my podcast. You can find the Simon Shortt Podcast on Apple and Spotify. With that, let’s get to the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Board!
Here in Round 2, we don’t have to focus as much on General Manager Kevin Colbert and Head Coach Mike Tomlin. Instead, we’ll be following the position coaches to try and find what kind of role players they may be interested in.
Below are the positional coaches that were spotted at Pro Days by the Steelers Depot Team.
- Defensive Asst/LBs Coach – Brian Flores
- WR Coach – Frisman Jackson
- ILB Coach – Jerry Olsavsky
- DB Coach – Grady Brown
- DL Coach – Karl Dunbar
- OL Coach – Pat Meyer
We’ll use these names, Tomlin and Colbert, as well as information we have on various meetings held with these players for our reference. Appearance at one of the College All-Star games is also very important when it comes to senior prospect.
Below is the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Board – Round 2!
- 1. Kenyon Green G, Texas A&M – early on was touted as the best offensive guard in the class, has good tape, but a bad combine may have lowered his value. OL Coach Pat Meyer at his Pro Day
- 2. Daniel Faalele T, Minnesota – a 6’8, 390 pound former rugby player, Faalele is an incredible athlete who is extremely physical. Needs a year to sit and learn. Meyer also at his Pro Day
- 3. Jamaree Salyer OL, Georgia – tackle/guard flexibility, has a lot of experience on a very good Georgia line. No Meyer at Pro Day, but whole Steelers staff was there, and Salyer has been at all scouting events
- 4. John Metchie III WR, Alabama – a top Day 2 prospect, Metchie will be available here due to an injury last year. He was productive at Alabama despite the surrounding talent, and can play in the slot or outside. WR Coach Friman Jackson was not at his Pro Day, but Colbert was
- 5. Skyy Moore WR, Western Michigan – Skyy Moore doesn’t fit a lot of these criteria, but it does help when you grow up with the coach’s son. Skyy Moore played high school ball with Dino Tomlin, and knows the family. On the football field, he made an immediate impact from Day 1 at Western Michigan. He is a dynamic slot receiver with YAC ability, and his background as a QB makes him a high IQ player
- 6. Darian Kinnard OL, Kentucky – The Steelers have a history with the Kentucky program, and have made two draft picks from there since 2015. Kinnard is another big, versatile offensive lineman who played tackle but could convert to guard based on his quickness limitations. A nasty run blocker that Pittsburgh sent Pro Scouting Coordinator and potentially next GM Brandon Hunt to see
- 7. Quay Walker LB, Georgia – a big, physical LB prospect, Walker can be the thumper this team needs in the middle. He was overshadowed by an elite all around defense at Georgia, but top brass including Brian Flores were at his Pro Day, and he has an interview with the team after missing the Senior Bowl
- 8. Phidarian Mathis DL, Alabama – it’s never a bad idea to take a look at Alabama defensive players. Mathis fits the bill of a Steelers defensive lineman at 6’4, 312 pounds. He can be a rotational player to start because of his experience and run defense, and could develop into a starter with improved pass rushing
- 9. DeMarvin Leal DL, Texas A&M – Leal has a great blend of size and athleticism. At 6’4, 290 pounds he comes in just a shade light for a Pittsburgh defensive end. But a year behind the Steelers’ starters and he’ll be set to defend the run in no time. In the meantime, his explosiveness will allow him to rotate in as a pass rusher
- 10. Arnold Ebiketie EDGE, Penn State – a three year player at Temple, Ebiketie transferred to Penn State and had a breakout year with 9.5 sacks. Ebiketie has ideal size for a Pittsburgh edge rusher (6’3, 256 pounds) and can rush from a 2-pt stance. He’d need development as a run defender, but Pittsburgh needs a consistent #3 outside linebacker. A Steeler defensive unit came to the Penn State Pro Day including Flores and Jerry Olsavsky.
Notables Left Off
Names that missed the cut were Jahan Dotson and Jaquan Brisker of Penn State due to no All-Star game appearance. Plus in the case of Dotson, only defensive assistants were at the Penn State Pro Day. Also considered were Cornerbacks Kaiir Elam (Florida), Roger McCreary (Auburn) and Kyler Gordon (Washington), who I believe will be gone before the Steelers’ second pick.
Be sure to come back tomorrow to check out the Pittsburgh Steelers Big Board – Round 3!
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