The Steelers players head into the offseason for recovery and the coaches head out to prepare for free agency and the draft.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the offseason starts to heat up we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Monday, Feb. 22nd.
NFL Scouting Combine: What to expect
The NFL Scouting Combine is upon us. In just a few short days the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis will be filled with potential draft picks participating in drills and activities to present themselves in what is like an NFL jobs fair.
Teresa Varley breaks down what Steelers fans can look for during the NFL Scouting Combine as we well know that the Steelers presence will be felt. The Combine runs from Feb. 23-29 and includes everything from hospital exams and X-rays to interviews and on-field workouts.
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You can bet that Steeler Nation will be there for coverage on potential Steelers draft prospects. This is just one part of the journey that will lead to the 2016 NFL Draft and ultimately 2016 Steelers Training Camp in Latrobe this summer.
You think they’re going to draft a cornerback?
ESPN Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. mocked that the Steelers will select Virginia Tech cornerback Kendal Fuller with the 25th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler isn’t quite sold on the idea that the Steelers will go defensive back with the 25th pick as how he sees it, the only “first round” corners will be off the board long before the Steelers are on the clock.
The Steelers aren’t looking for just any corner. They’ll need a corner with size (no under 6’ guys please) and has coverage skills and most importantly, tackling skills. If they could do well with just a bunch of corners who can cover ok but are under six feet they can re-sign the guys they already have.
Steelers safety Mike Mitchell is becoming known for his offseason surgeries. During Tomlin’s end-of-the-year presser he explained that Mitchell was to have surgery on his left shoulder about a month ago. On Friday, Mitchell was seen wearing a wrap on his left hand indicating that he had a second surgery.
As the Trib’s Mark Kaboly explains, Mitchell had his best season so far with the Steelers in 2015 following a couple of offseason surgeries that included groin surgery and hand surgery. If that’s what it takes to get him back on the field improving this year; here’s hoping he enjoys the hospital food.