The Pittsburgh Steelers have been busy at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine. During the week-long event the team will meet with a variety of players who could be added to the team’s roster during the 2020 NFL Draft in April.
Of all the players who have met with the Steelers (you can see the full updated list HERE), it is important to note the team meets with a lot of players, but the only way the media knows if a player has an informal, or formal, meeting with a player is if the player tells them during interviews.
Otherwise, players meet with NFL organizations and no one knows anything about it. Here at BTSC we want to keep you as informed as possible, so it is time to update some prospects who have met with the Steelers in Indianapolis.
Dale Lolley, of DKPittsburghSports, reported the Utah running back, Zack Moss, had a meeting with the Steelers during the week.
A 4.72 40 for a rocked up Zack Moss at 223 pounds. Steelers met with him this week, as well. #Steelers #dkps— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) February 29, 2020
Jon Ledyard reported Mississippi State cornerback Cameron Dantzler met with the black-and-gold in Indy.
Mississippi State CB Cameron Dantzler has met with the #Steelers at the #NFLCombine— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) February 28, 2020
An injured player, Utah cornerback Jaylon Johnson, met with the Steelers this week before he has shoulder surgery next week.
.@Utah_Football CB Jaylon Johnson will undergo labrum (shoulder) surgery next week, but he says he’s a full go for #NFLCombine.— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 28, 2020
Says #Raiders, #Packers, #Bills, #Steelers, #Chiefs are among the teams he’s met with this week. pic.twitter.com/skL0CfVdbv
Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech cornerback, isn’t working out at the combine, but did meet with the Steelers.
He isn't working out, but Amik Robertson has been a popular man at the NFL Combine.— Jimmy D Smith (@JimmyDetail) February 28, 2020
Met with N.O., Chiefs, Bears, Pats, Ravens, Jets, Texans, Falcons, Eagles, Steelers, Vikings, Titans, Bengals, Jags, Cards, Panthers, Fins.
Official meetings with Steelers, Titans and Texans. pic.twitter.com/bYsxyrwDxz
Don’t know much about these prospects? You aren’t alone. Get yourselves acquainted with what they bring to a football team in their overviews below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the new league year to start on March 18th.
Amik Robertson, DB, Louisiana Tech
If I told you there was a cornerback prospect in this class that racked up 14 interceptions and 34 pass breakups in just three years, you’d probably think that’s the resume of a first-round player. It was that kind of production that led Louisiana Tech’s Amik Robertson to declare for the draft as a junior. The only problem? He’s 5-foot-9 on his best day. His lack of size will fail to meet many height thresholds across the NFL, and he will likely be labeled as an inside-only cornerback. While that may be accurate, I will stand on the table for Robertson on Day 2. Put him on my football team, and I will find a place for him on my defense. He’s the perfect nickel defender with his elite ball skills, fearless physicality and nuanced man coverage ability.
The nickel defender spot is a starting position in today’s NFL. Robertson may be the best true nickel in this draft. Regardless of where he’s selected in April, I am confident he will be one of the most productive defensive backs to come out of this 2020 class.
Pros: Has sufficient proactive athleticism for the position. He shows good feet and vision on inside zones. Has good body control and balance after contact. Strong lower body allows him to break arm tackles. He plays with emotional endurance seemingly gets stronger as the game progresses. Runs with good instincts and has shown instances of being a decisive inside runner, although he has been a bit inconsistent in this regard. Sufficient hands out of the backfield. Shows the skill set to be good as a face up protector in pass pro.
Cons: Runs with a propensity to bounce it outside to the perimeter. He lacks looseness in his hips resulting in minimal elusiveness in space. Not a guy that will create a big play from negative play. Not a great route runner out of the backfield in the passing game. He’s not dynamic and lacks good short area agility. He is not a fast twitch athlete and doesn’t have a lot of suddenness as a ball carrier. Lacks good speed to get to the edge against athletic defenders. Needs to do a more consistent job running behind his pads.
PROS: Long, athletic build with a frame needed to handle bigger, physical receivers. Embraces the physical components of the position in coverage. Highly aggressive in press coverage to jam receivers with good hand technique, balance and strength. Willing to crowd routes during the release and disrupt timing. Can suffocate releases and make them a non-option for the quarterback given the total disruption of the timing. Won’t get bullied at the top of routes. Illustrates good patience in his pedal and remains fairly clean with his footwork in terms of not frequently committing false steps. High level flashes of exceptional ball skills. Always raking at the football. Long strides help him recover and remain in phase when he pins vertical routes to the sideline.
CONS: Can get super grabby down the field and he needs to trust his leverage and technique more consistently. Relies on tugs and hand checks to remain in phase given his lack of long speed and sloppy eye discipline. Struggles to read the backfield and remain in phase. Quickly loses leverage in his pedal. Transitions can be leggy and elongated - hips aren’t overly fluid. If he whiffs in press it could be game over given his lack of recovery athleticism. Receivers that have the elusiveness and technique to challenge him with aggressive angles off the line will give him fits. Needs to defend quick game more tightly and he’s often too generous with the amount of cushion he allows. Click and close quickness is modest. Some disappointing reluctance to get involved in run support and he often becomes a spectator. Tackling habits can be sloppy despite some impressive moments of wrap up efforts. Scheme-specific player that lacks versatility overall.
Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State
Pros: This cornerback has good overall athleticism for the position. His very good length saves him when his technique or his eyes have put him in unfavorable positions. In the run game, he displays good willingness to be the force player in Cloud. In the passing game is where he excels. He will travel with receivers, so he has some experience on both sides. When he bails, he easily opens his hips and runs upfield with receivers. He displays some ball skills, he stays in phase up field and doesn’t panic when the balls in the air. Matches up favorably in the red zone and in goal line situations due to his length, skill set and competitiveness. He also projects favorably in zone coverage
Cons: For a player with his length, he should be a much better and more consistent rerouter at the line of scrimmage in hard press. Needs to improve the consistency with his eyes, especially when he is in bail technique. Doesn’t have good play strength and can get overwhelmed when bigger, stronger WRs are stalk blocking him. He doesn’t have great speed, nor does he possess great agility in a short area. Doesn’t have great reactive athleticism, but his competitiveness and length are some of his redeeming attributes. In off man, he opens his hips much too early, keeps his eyes in the backfield too long, ultimately leaving him susceptible to 2 routes, 6 routes and other routes attacking his leverage.
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