Per @ColeyHarvey, Mike Tomlin and Joey Porter are at Kentucky Pro Day. UK DE/OLB Bud Dupree could be first-draft target of Steelers.— Scott Brown (@ScottBrown_ESPN) March 12, 2015
The Pittsburgh Steelers need pass rushers at the outside linebacker position. With the recent retirement of Jason Worilds, the Steelers are now scrambling for answers to questions of depth at a critical position of their 3-4 defensive alignment.
The 2015 NFL Draft certainly could be a place where the Steelers look to add depth at a position which has none, and Bud Depree of the University of Kentucky could be a potential selection. The fact Steelers' head coach Mike Tomlin and outside linebackers coach Joey Porter are both attending Kentucky's pro day Thursday certainly point to the organization looking closely at Dupree as a potential draft pick.
Dupree had one of the strongest performances at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. His 4.56 40-time got him on the radar of any team looking to select a pass rusher from a 3-4 alignment in the first round.
It's worth the time of both Tomlin and Porter to take a look but his physical measurements fit much more with a player drafted in the top 15. The Steelers rarely trade up for a player, even one at a position that figures to be a need.
Dupree's explosion and athleticism could provide the Steelers with the kind of spark off the edge the team has been missing. Sack totals have been at or below the middle of the league over the last three seasons, and with just Jarvis Jones and Arthur Moats signed, it would seem the team is going to land a pass rusher at some point early in the draft.