NFL Draft Needs: Steelers

NFL Draft Needs: Steelers
Josh Norris and Evan Silva walk through the Steelers' top three needs and offer options for each of their draft picks.
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Pro Football Focus compared USC RB Justin Davis to Chicago Bears RB Jeremy Langford.

"Like Langford, he fits well in a zone-heavy scheme, has good speed, and will make the right reads and cuts to get what the offensive line provides," PFF notes, adding that "[n]either are players that are going to create their own yardage often behind poor blocking." The outlet does like the 6-foot-1, 208-pounder's open-field wiggle more than that of Langford. He is a likely Day 3 selection come the draft.
Mar 30 - 4:20 PM

NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt writes that UNLV LB Tau Lotulelei has "emerged as [a] priority free agent prospect."

During his pro day work earlier this week, Lotulelei ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds (that was with the wind) and a 4.88s run against the wind. He additionally checked off a 34.5-inch vertical jump, a 10-foot-1 broad jump and a 6.96s jaunt through the three-cone drill. This past season, the 6-foot, 229-pounder recorded a hearty 117 tackles (16.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble over the course of 12 games played. His brother John, by the by, is a linebacker with the Cowboys.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 30 - 4:08 PM

LSU hired former Wisconsin S Michael Caputo to serve as a defensive assistant.

Caputo should be a known name for those familiar with recent college football history, as the Saints signed the three-year Wisconsin starter as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 draft. He was waived after May rookie minicamp and has opted not to try to scrap and claw his way in the NFL. Instead, onward to LSU, where he will test out his coaching chops. As his recent try at the pro ranks would indicate, this job with the Tigers will be his first coaching gig at any level.
Mar 30 - 3:55 PM

Houston OLB Tyus Bowser met with Indianapolis Colts GM Chris Ballard during his pro day earlier this week.

Bowser has been a strong performer during the evaluating process, landing in the 95th percentile for edge rushers during Combine work earlier this month. Among the results that the 6-foot-3, 247-pounder turned in, a 4.65s 40-yard dash, a 37.5-inch vertical jump and a 127-inch broad jump. All those marks were among the best in the linebacking group, as was his 6.75s run through the three-cone drill. While he is most likely ticketed for a second-round selection, a late first-round pick is not out of the question for the Houston standout.
Mar 30 - 3:42 PM

Ohio State redshirt sophomore RB Mike Weber said that he is "most definitely" ready to be a leader in 2017.

"[RB coach Tony] Alford is doing a good job of helping me lead the guys. We’ve been in the playbook, and everything that comes with being a leader, I’m learning that and taking on the task right now," Weber said. The 5-foot-10, 215-pounder received the bulk of the running workload with the Buckeyes last season, rushing for 1,096 yards (6.0 YPC) and nine touchdowns, taking 182 carries over the course of 13 games. He is hoping for even bigger and better things during the coming campaign, saying, "I felt like my name rang a little bit last year and I want it to be out there this year."
Source: Land of 10
Mar 30 - 3:30 PM

Texas A&M edge rusher Myles Garrett said that he will meet with the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears.

The 49ers and Bears hold the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively. Garrett is also scheduled for an official meeting with the top draft dawg in the Browns. While San Francisco and Chicago are doing their due diligence on the 6-foot-4, 272-pound force of nature, it would either take a giant trade up or Cleveland shocking by passing on Garrett to put either team in realistic play to draft the Aggies star.
Mar 30 - 3:12 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Boise State RB Jeremy McNichols to former New Orleans Saints RB Pierre Thomas.

"Like Thomas, McNichols is of similar build and holds his own in strength and yards after contact," notes the PFF analysis team. The outlet writes that the 5-foot-9, 214-pounder's "vision can be a bit sporadic at times but he should be an above-average runner at the next level." They believe he might be best suited splitting time with another back or two in the NFL, an opinion that Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline would seem to agree with. Pauline wrote earlier this month that McNichols' upside will likely come as part of a rotation, rather than as a workhorse.
Mar 30 - 2:59 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht writes that assuming the Longhorns receive serviceable quarterback play, Texas sophomore WR Devin Duvernay "should shine as a speedy slot option in coach Tom Herman’s offense."

Duvernay got himself on a roll early in October, notching receiving efforts of 81, 96 and 80 yards during the month. The wheels then proceeded to fall off the Texas offense. Duvernay would surpass 30 yards receiving in just one of his final five games. The 5-foot-11, 193-pounder finished the season with a 20-412-3 receiving line while posting a mouth-watering yards-per-reception mark of 20.6. Those numbers could be in for a developmental boost during the coming season, though he can only do so much if Shane Buechele struggles as he did down the 2016 stretch.
Mar 30 - 2:45 PM
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