Steelers Signing, SEC Speed, Peezy on Jones


The 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone and your Pittsburgh Steelers 2015 draft class is preparing to enter rookie minicamp. There are just a few more phases of the offseason training program before the team breaks in June before training camp. While the new Steelers get acclimated with the Steel City we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, May 9th.

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Steelers sign first draft selection

L.T. Walton became the first member of the Steelers 2015 Draft Class to sign his name to his first ever NFL contract on Friday afternoon, the team announced. The defensive end was the 199th overall pick out of Central Michigan and the first of the eight players selected by the Steelers in the 2015 NFL Draft to be signed. Seven more to go!

They got that SEC Speed

The Steelers started getting younger and faster last summer and have certainly continued that theme this year. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler explains how during the first day of Steelers rookie minicamp the speed from the two former SEC players (Auburn receiver Sammie Coats and Ole Miss corner Senquez Golson) was evident even in the light drills they’re permitted to participate in.

The Steelers’ other SEC draft selection, first-round pick linebacker Bud Dupree, was absent from the start of rookie camp while he prepares for his graduation ceremonies at the University of Kentucky. Coates and Golson could be looking to take their former SEC battles out on the practice field. Just some friendly team-building competition now.

Peezy high on Jones

The Steelers have placed their last three top draft picks in the hands of linebackers and have yet to see many results from the last two. Jarvis Jones was drafted with the Steelers first-round pick back in 2013 and had a very disappointing rookie campaign.

Jarvis came into his sophomore season with high expectations only to suffer a wrist injury that left him on IR for nine games. Still, as the PPG’s Ed Bouchette points out, Steelers OLB coach Joey Porter is expecting even better things out of the third-year linebacker this season.

"“I thought Jarvis was playing good last year until he got hurt. So it doesn’t bother me on how it ended last year with Jarvis. I still think he is one of the better linebackers in the league and he will be that. It just hasn’t happened yet.” – Joey Porter"

Pretty bold words from Coach Peezy to call a linebacker with three career sacks “one of the better linebackers in the league” but if he can get out of Jarvis what the Steelers saw in him in the first place, which could have been the 28 sacks he had in 26 games at Georgia, things might be turning around for him indeed.

Next: Steelers Rookie Mini-Camp Roster

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