Steelers Rookie Instruction, Off the Board, Dupree Graduates


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 Sunday, May 10th.

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No evaluating football in shorts

The Steelers rookies, short of a few guys who were attending their commencement ceremonies, attended the Rookie Mini Camp this weekend. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was not into evaluating the rookies at this juncture, but more watching how they take instruction.

The rookie camp holds more than 55 players looking to get their shot at a dorm room in Saint Vincent in July. But while the weekend of action on the Southside has been mainly instructional and not very intense, Tomlin said there is still a lot to enjoy about getting back out on the field.

"“We are football junkies. We love it all. It’s good to be out here on the grass and kind of start the process for 2015. It’s always exciting when we get the new draft picks and free agents. As a coaching staff, we go through changes during the course of the offseason, and this is the first opportunity for us to take the grass together. So there are a lot of things to be excited about in circumstances like this, and I generally believe that we all are.” – Mike Tomlin"

Pulled off the books

Sports betting is one of the major things that drives the NFL, whether they want to publicly admit it or not. It’s the biggest reason why injury reports are released and why this “Deflategate” scandal could be more serious than just joking about Tom Brady’s balls.

Mike Wilkening of PFT explains that multiple Nevada sports books have pulled the Steelers-Patriots Week one line off of the board since the Wells Report was released. While the suspensions of Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount obviously didn’t play into Vegas already setting the line of New England as a 6.5-point favorite; they’re now taking it down until Tom Brady’s availability for that game is known.

Bud Dupree, Graduate

The Steelers’ top draft pick of 2015 has missed the first two days of the Rookie Mini Camp for a pretty good reason. He was preparing for Saturday’s Commencement ceremonies at the University of Kentucky.

Dupree received a degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture. He had committed to himself and his family that he would see his education through to graduation no matter what that may have meant to his NFL draft stock. Congratulations Dupree!

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