As the practice sessions continue at the East/West Shrine Game, the reports about meetings between the Pittsburgh Steelers and potential draft prospects continue to emerge with two new names added to the interest list on Tuesday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter Trevor Sikkema of the Pewter Report was the one with the news once again, the first to note a meeting between the Steelers and offensive lineman Olisaemeka Udoh of Elon University.
Team-Prospect meetings Day2 of #ShrineWeek— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) January 15, 2019
LB Ulysees Gilbert: NYG, CAR, HOU, GB
LB Sione Takitaki: MIN, DEN, WAS, MIA, DAL
OT Lamont Gillard: ATL, BAL, NYJ, CHI
OT Oli Udoh: NYG, NYJ, PIT, TEN, GB, PHI
WR Jesper Horsted: TB, TEN, ATL
WR DaMarkus Lodge: NO, WAS
Named a First Team All-CAA Football honoree in 2018, Udoh started 11 games for an offensive line unit that allowed a conference low 16 sacks last season and was second in the conference with 199.5 yards rushing a game. Invited to play in both the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and the East/West Shrine Game, Udoh is the first Elon player ever invited to play in a postseason bowl game. Reportedly seeing snaps at both guard and tackle during practice, the 6-foot-5, 336-pounds prospect appears to have caught the eye of those in attendance.
Udoh is seeing reps at both G and T. I’ll reiterate what Fran said. Impressive two practices for the massive lineman. https://t.co/VzPswxGiEf— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) January 15, 2019
With a warning not to read too much into all these meetings at practice, we will still pass along this observation from Jon Ledyard of The Draft Network after he noted general manager Kevin Colbert talking with linebacker B.J. Blunt of McNeese State.
Lot of scouts talking to players so that’s rarely a big deal, but #Steelers GM Kevin Colbert personally went over to McNeese State LB B.J. Blunt and chatted with him for awhile. 2 good practices for Blunt— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 15, 2019
A convert from defensive back to linebacker during his junior season, Blunt would record 102 tackles, with 20 for a loss and 11 sacks in his senior season. And given his previous experience in the secondary, it should also come as no surprise to note that the 6-foot-1 and 215-pound prospect believes he has strong coverage skills for a linebacker.