The Steelers have been meeting plenty of prospects for the draft. Let’s meet another round of offensive players.
The Steelers have some holes to fill like any other. It’s true that most of the focus has been on defense, and for good reason, but there’s room to improve on offense too believe it or not. So, in light of that, the Steelers have been meeting some offensive prospects.
The first review of the offensive meetings can be found here. But they’ve met enough since that it’s worth a second go around. The players listed below are on walterfootball.com. The Steelers have made some offensive additions with Ryan Harris and Ladarius Green. But they could still use some offensive line depth, a backup quarterback, and a fast receiver like say Martavis Bryant might be nice.
So here’s the players broken out into skill positions and offensive linemen.
Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas – Allen is 6’1″ and weighs 217 pounds. Allen finished his senior year at Arkansas with some pretty incredible numbers. His passer rating was 166.48. He scored, he threw for yards, and he didn’t turn the ball over much. But he had an incredible offensive line and a scheme that made his life easier. He also is fairly small for the NFL. If the Steelers take him it’ll be day 3.
Jay Lee, WR, Baylor – Lee is 6’2″ and 215 pounds. Lee was 3rd on the team at the position playing behind the likes of Corey Coleman but like Bryant before him he’s drawn attention in the draft. Since Senior Bowl practices Lee has been getting looks. If the Steelers take him it’ll be round 7 or as a free agent most likely.
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Pharoh Cooper, WR, South Carolina – Cooper is 5’11” and weighs 203 pounds. What the Steelers likely find most attractive about Cooper is his versatility. He not only had over 11oo receiving yards last year but he also played a good amount of wildcat QB. On top of that, he returns kicks. The guys a playmaker and if the Steelers get him it’ll be on day 2.
Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA – Benenoch stands 6’5″ and weighs 311 pounds. He’s an athletic tackle with strong technique. His main issue is he’s relatively lean or thin looking for a tackle. His long build doesn’t have a lot of room for added weight either. He’s got potential and experience at guard too. If the Steelers pick him up it’ll be at the end of day 3 or after.
Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU – Hawkins stands 6’6″ and weighs 305 pounds. Hawkins is a very good athlete which he utilizes to his advantage pass blocking. He’s got great burst and reacts quickly. Hawkins could add some strength and improve his technique for the run game but he’s easily a potential future starter. He’ll go on day 2 possibly or day 3.
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana – Spriggs is 6’6″ and weighs 301 pounds. As a former tight end he moves well in space and has good awareness overall. He’s a good athlete who pass blocks well. Coming from a spread offense though there’s not a lot of evidence of aggression and hard sustained run blocking. But he’s got the physical tools to teach him what college didn’t. Likely a day 2 but possibly a day 1 pick up.
Rees Odhiambo, G, Boise State – Odhiambo is 6’6″ and weighs 314 pounds. Odhiambo’s draft stock has been pushed down by nagging injury. This however does allow for high upside, along with the fact that because he’s from Kenya he didn’t play football until high school. He also primarily played tackle in college. So there’s work to do but a lot to work with as he has great physical skills. He’ll likely go day 3 but possibly on day 2.
There you have it gang. Keep an eye out for any individual updates as this may be the last dose of meetings before the draft depending on how much more they accumulate. Sixteen days currently … until we meet our next starting cornerback?