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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2018 5:17 pm 
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Alabama defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne, who played for d-line coach Karl Dunbar, said he had a formal meeting with the Steelers #NFLCombine https://twitter.com/tribjoerutter/statu ... combine%2F
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Stanford’s Harrison Phillips said he has a formal interview with the Steelers set up for Saturday night. https://twitter.com/tribjoerutter/statu ... combine%2F


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 Post subject: Re: Steelers meeting...
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Rashaan Evans will meet with the #Steelers tonight for a formal interview


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Evans, Vander Esch, Jefferson and Baker all with some form of meeting with #Steelers.


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Malik Jefferson did not meet with the Steelers. Rest easy.


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Malik Jefferson did not meet with the Steelers. Rest easy.


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There's a report from Jon Ledyard that says they did meet with Malik Jefferson.

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Shaun Dion Hamilton has a formal meeting with the Steelers tonight https://twitter.com/LedyardNFLDraft/sta ... 2793544705
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Malik Jefferson has an informal meeting with the Steelers tonight https://twitter.com/LedyardNFLDraft/sta ... 8872815616
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Rashaan Evans will meet with the #Steelers tonight for a formal interview https://twitter.com/LedyardNFLDraft/sta ... 0780750848


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Wake Forest S Jessie Bates says he met with the Steelers head coach, GM and owner at the NFL Combine.

The Steelers are showing a ton of interest in safeties. Beat writer Jim Wexell reports Ohio State's Damon Webb had an informal meeting with a Steelers position coach, Alabama's Ronnie Harris also had an informal meeting, Stanford's Justin Reid had a "formal" sit down with Mike Tomlin and add Bates' formal meeting to the list.
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Walter Football mentions that Lamar Jackson met with the Bills, Bears, Broncos, Dolphins, Giants, Eagles and Steelers during the NFL Scouting Combine.
Jackson (6'3/205) received some of the most mixed reviews of any quarterback -- or player -- at the combine this week. Some came away impressed with his arm strength, others like NFL.com's Bucky Brooks came away concerned about his inaccuracy and footwork. All of the teams listed above outside the Eagles and Bears could use a long-term answer at signal-caller, and one can't help but wonder if Chicago has interest in Jackson as a wide receiver. Because he didn't test athletically at the combine, his pro day later this month is going to be one of the most important of any draft prospect.
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Quarterback

Lamar Jackson/Louisville
Mason Rudolph/Oklahoma State

Running Back

Kerryon Johnson/Auburn (informal)

Tight End

Durham Smythe/Notre Dame
Troy Fumagalli/Wisconsin
Mike Gesicki/Penn State
Ian Thomas/Indiana
Dallas Goedert/South Dakota State
Will Dissly/Washington
Hayden Hurst/South Carolina

Wide Receiver

James Washington/Oklahoma State

Defensive Line

Da’Ron Payne/Alabama
Harrison Phillips/Stanford
Derrick Nnadi/Florida State

Inside Linebacker

Rashaan Evans/Alabama
Shaun Dion Hamilton/Alabama
Leighton Vander Esch/Boise State
Jerome Baker/Ohio State

Safety

Ronnie Harrison/Alabama
Justin Reid/Stanford
Minkah Fitzpatrick/Alabama (informal)
Jessie Bates/Wake Forest

Sources: Jeremy Fowler, Steel City Insider, Joe Rutter, Gregg Bell, Joe Everett, Directly from select players
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Great-- another JAG backup RB would be sweet. lol


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I'm surprised by all the interest in the TE's.


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I'm surprised by all the interest in the TE's.

I'm not, frankly. I think the last two years have really been a wakeup call for what could be in the middle of the field. McDonald played pretty well, but he's had injury issues that have made him unavailable AND he's all salary this year-- there's no cap hit if they cut him. Jesse was hurt all of last year, but is pretty much shown to be an underneath relief option thusfar. He hasn't been a great blocker but has been decent. Grimble seems to have plateaued.

One thing I have read numerous times about Fitchner is: he LOVES to substitute liberally and rotate skill position players. He enjoys figuring out ways to use different kinds of players and matchups.

My guess is: however many WRs and TEs and RBs are active on gameday, they're all going to be used for something.

So, it's not outrageous to think they could add a 3rd guy or that they could add someone near the top of the draft, even, to take McDonald's job.

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 Post subject: Re: Steelers meeting...
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I'm surprised by all the interest in the TE's.

I'm not, frankly. I think the last two years have really been a wakeup call for what could be in the middle of the field. McDonald played pretty well, but he's had injury issues that have made him unavailable AND he's all salary this year-- there's no cap hit if they cut him. Jesse was hurt all of last year, but is pretty much shown to be an underneath relief option thusfar. He hasn't been a great blocker but has been decent. Grimble seems to have plateaued.

One thing I have read numerous times about Fitchner is: he LOVES to substitute liberally and rotate skill position players. He enjoys figuring out ways to use different kinds of players and matchups.

My guess is: however many WRs and TEs and RBs are active on gameday, they're all going to be used for something.

So, it's not outrageous to think they could add a 3rd guy or that they could add someone near the top of the draft, even, to take McDonald's job.

I agree, b2b, as much as I like Vance (he hasn't proven he'll stay healthy). I doubt they would cut both he and James, but doing so would save almost $6.25 million on the cap this year without much dead money at all ($52K for James).

Next question is, how much are Trey Burton, AS-J or Cameron Brate gonna demand per year in FA? I like Brate better than Vance actually; underrated athlete, great red zone and very good blocker. What's he gonna cost you think?

Edit: oops, just realized Brate is a RFA, oh well.


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 Post subject: Re: Steelers meeting...
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I'm surprised by all the interest in the TE's.

I'm not, frankly. I think the last two years have really been a wakeup call for what could be in the middle of the field. McDonald played pretty well, but he's had injury issues that have made him unavailable AND he's all salary this year-- there's no cap hit if they cut him. Jesse was hurt all of last year, but is pretty much shown to be an underneath relief option thusfar. He hasn't been a great blocker but has been decent. Grimble seems to have plateaued.

One thing I have read numerous times about Fitchner is: he LOVES to substitute liberally and rotate skill position players. He enjoys figuring out ways to use different kinds of players and matchups.

My guess is: however many WRs and TEs and RBs are active on gameday, they're all going to be used for something.

So, it's not outrageous to think they could add a 3rd guy or that they could add someone near the top of the draft, even, to take McDonald's job.


Jesse James was hurt last year? Undisclosed? Anyway, If Vance was reliable I think they'd be pretty set @ the position. That's a big If. I'm happy with Jesse @ the #2, I'm not comfortable with him forced into the starting role 9 games a year.

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Yeah, Steelers said he was injured last year. I think that was Colbert in Indy who said it.

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Yeah, when I was first suggesting the Steelers trade for McDonald last May, I thought his contract was very manageable, the first 3 years anyway. The contract that the 49ers gave him was weird and structured funny in the backend.

His last two years are club options and the base salary escalates to $5.5 million. If he plays well and really emerges then that $5.5 million base is a bargain, if he is injury prone and teases then he will be cut. I agree that Grimble has stalled, just really did not see any development last season. If Ben wants to play for 3 years or more, then adding a talented TE for that stretch makes sense. You see what Ben did with Green and McDonald in such a small amount of targets and then think what he could do with that type of TE over an entire season. Having that type of explosive TE could be one of the missing pieces to Ben having a true NFL MVP season.

Just like last year, I see the Steelers spending a top pick, rounds 1-3, on an offensive player. It could be RB, TE or WR. Or it could even be an OL.

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Source told me today there were as many as 28 different #NFL teams represented by scouts at the MTSU Pro Day including #Steelers scout Rich Reiprish. Apparently, CB Charvarius Ward put on a show for those in attendance. https://twitter.com/SimonAChester/statu ... pro-day%2F
I think they were there for the WR James. But I'm more interested in Ward. 8-)
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Source told me today there were as many as 28 different #NFL teams represented by scouts at the MTSU Pro Day including #Steelers scout Rich Reiprish. Apparently, CB Charvarius Ward put on a show for those in attendance. https://twitter.com/SimonAChester/statu ... pro-day%2F
I think they were there for the WR James. But I'm more interested in Ward. 8-)
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The Wake Forest pro day does not take place until tomorrow, but sources tell me that fast-rising safety Jessie Bates III, who’s moved into the second day of the draft, was seen having dinner this evening with Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin.


Mark him higher on the list of draft picks ( if past results remain true) .

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The Wake Forest pro day does not take place until tomorrow, but sources tell me that fast-rising safety Jessie Bates III, who’s moved into the second day of the draft, was seen having dinner this evening with Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin.


Mark him higher on the list of draft picks ( if past results remain true) .

He's in play for 28. If the Steelers brain trust doesn't go to Stanford pro day in favor of Ohio State's, I'd move Bates near the top of the list.

He's a really good returner and plays the ball in the air well... his run support leaves something to be desired.

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I agree with your assessment. March 22nd will tell a lot.

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IF the Steelers are convinced that the best spot for Davis is SS or bust, and if they don't really believe Sutton or Allen is going to FS... then there are like two non-day three FS in this draft and they'll run to the podium to pick the one they like best at 28.

22nd of March will all but seal the pick prediction.

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Picking FS in the 1st leaves a gaping hole in the middle of the Defense to try and fill on Day 2. Personally I believe that is the more important position to fill w/ a 1st rounder....


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