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Takeaways from Steelers Combine Interviews

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By Jacob Harrison March 1, 2020 0 Comment
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The Pittsburgh Steelers’ front office finds themselves in quite a predicament as the 2020 NFL offseason begins.

The cap situation is one of the worst in the entire league. The team will only have one pick in the top 100, and only five total before compensatory picks are designated.

With a number of veterans expected to get the ax to free space for free agency (i.e. Bud Dupree), how the GM Kevin Colbert and crew tackle the draft process will be one of the more interesting scenarios in the league.

With these factors accounted for, who the Steelers are meeting with at the NFL Combine can say a lot about the team’s intentions for April’s event in Las Vegas. Here’s a complete list courtesy of Behind The Steel Curtain:

Jalen Reagor – WR – TCU

Albert Okwuegbunam – TE – Missouri

Cam Akers – RB – Florida State

Josh Uche – LB – Michigan (Informal)

Curtis Weaver – EDGE – Boise State

Khaleke Hudson – LB – Michigan (Informal)

Colton McKivitz – OT – WVU

Lloyd Cushenberry – C – LSU (Informal)

Zach Moss – RB – Utah

Cameron Dantzler – CB – Mississippi State

Jaylon Johnson – CB – Utah

Amik Robertson – CB – Louisiana Tech

First and foremost, the only way to know who teams met with is if players tell media personnel and that information is made public. Based on what we know, the Steelers appear to be wide open on its options at pick 49. Each of the prospects listed could very easily be available when the Black & Gold picks in the second round, with the exception of TCU’s Jalen Reagor.

Notable are the running backs, Cam Akers and Zach Moss. Neither is considered in the discussion with the likes of Jonathan Taylor and JK Dobbins, however Akers did turn in an exceptional Combine performance.

Akers has a bit more explosive ability than the current stable of backs in Pittsburgh and could be an option to heal the wound left by LeVeon Bell’s departure.

Zach Moss has his NFL lineage going for him as he’s related to former Washington WR Santana Moss. The Steelers love that sort of thing in a prospect with Devin Bush, TJ Watt and Cameron Heyward being prime examples.

It’s slightly concerning Albert Okwuegbunam is the only tight end we know of. Though he turned heads with his 4.49s 40-yard dash, he’s one of many tight ends worthy of that 49 spot. Regardless, should the dominoes fall and Vance McDonald or Nick Vannett find themselves on another 2020 roster, Albert O would be a welcome addition.

Defensively, the Steelers haven’t been reported as meeting with a safety, which could be seen as a shock for some in the fanbase who aren’t pleased with Terrell Edmunds. However, the team did meet with three cornerbacks, pointing to depth concerns with an aging Joe Haden and the eventual departure of 1st-round burnout Artie Burns.

Just as interesting are the meetings with two edge rushers – Michigan’s Josh Uche and Boise State’s Curtis Weaver. Both could be an option should the front office fail to re-sign Bud Dupree. A note on Uche: top-ranked tackle prospect Jedrick Wills of Alabama said Uche was the best pass rusher he faced in 2019.

With all the uncertainty befalling the Steelers early in the offseason, it’s no wonder the team is wisely covering all bases. Still, whoever is announced as the first pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers at the NFL Draft should expect to be an instant contributor.

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