The Pittsburgh Steelers need help in their secondary, and are looking to add talent to that group through the 2016 NFL Draft. The team has already met with Clemson's Mackensie Alexander at the NFL Scouting Combine, but surprisingly he was the only cornerback to publicly report of a meeting at the event.
Thursday it was reported Harlan Miller of Southeastern Louisiana also had a sit down interview with the Steelers at the Combine.
Miller had a tremendous week of practices leading up to the Senior Bowl, which put his name on several team's draft boards, but his performance at the Combine itself left much to be desired. Already with a thin frame -- 6-feet tall and 182-pounds -- Miller ran a slow 4.65 40-yard dash, mustered only 6 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press test and 7.44 second three cone drill.
The poor numbers from the combine might have scared a few teams away from Miller, but for what Miller might lack in speed he makes up for with a tenacious style of play. He is not afraid of contact and even made 6 tackles for losses in the 2015 season. On top of his skills as a cover corner, he also was a punt returner last year -- a position of need for the Steelers as they try to get Antonio Brown away from those duties in the future.
Needless to say, the Steelers were willing to give Miller a chance to prove himself in a one-on-one setting at the NFL Combine. It will be interesting to see if he is invited for an official pre-draft visit to the Steel City, but until then, the team will likely keep interviewing players of all positions, shapes and sizes trying to find the right pieces of the puzzle to make 2016 not just another year, but a special year ending in a Lombardi trophy.