The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of free agency, but they are also hot on the NCAA Pro Day trail getting ready for the 2021 NFL Draft. Reports have been swirling about the Steelers coaches and scouts attending specific Pro Days, and with the NFL Scouting Combine officially canceled, all we, as fans, have is speculation as to which prospects the Steelers are watching.
Regardless of the speculation, the black and gold faithful should have their ears perk up when Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert are in attendance at any Pro Day. After the front office brass were at the Clemson Pro Day, they were also at the University of Georgia’s workout.
This per Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network:
#Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and HC Mike Tomlin watching @GeorgiaFootball edge rusher Azeez Ojulari get ready to bench. The 20-year old measured 6-022 (height), 249 (weight) 34 3/8 (arm) and 10 1/2 (hand). pic.twitter.com/RZP9C6Zikr— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 17, 2021
The prospect they are watching is none other than OLB/EDGE Azeez Ojulari. Here is some information on Ojulari from The Draft Network:
Azeez Ojulari aligns as an EDGE defender for the Bulldogs defense. He will align either in a 2-point or 3-point stance and has played on all three downs for their defense. He plays with good reactive athleticism when out on the edge and demonstrates good quickness, effort, and body control. Although he appears to lack ideal length for a traditional 3-4 OLB, he demonstrates very good pop in his hips and hands at the point of attack to set the edge. In the passing game, he gets home with good effort and motor. He needs to improve and refine his overall technique as a pass rusher, but shows flashes of the athleticism that projects him to have success at the next level.
Ideal Role: Off the ball 4-3 OLB.
Scheme Fit: Any defense with hybrid even/odd front principles will have no problems using him as a valuable chess piece.
That wasn’t the only player the Steelers spoke to while down in Georgia. According to Brooke Pryor of ESPN, the Steelers have had several conversations with center Trey Hill.
Georgia center Trey Hill says he's talked with the Steelers "a lot" and also says he models his game partially after the Pouncey twins. Both Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin were at UGA's pro day today.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) March 17, 2021
For those who want want to know more about Hill as a prospect, here is a similar breakdown from The Draft Network:
Trey Hill played center for the Bulldogs’ offense. He has started games aligning at guard as well. In the run game, he comes off the ball hard. He is heavy at the point of attack and plays with good natural leverage. As a result, he is hard to bull rush. Although he plays with very good power in a phone booth, his limited agility shows when he has to move and engage. This is at the second level with regards to run blocking, and also when he has to be reactive to games as a pass blocker. He’s somewhat heavy-footed and probably best suited at guard where he can focus on his run or pass blocking.
Ideal Role: Swing interior OL.
Scheme Fit: Power running scheme.
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The Steelers also have spoken to tight end Tre’ McKitty. This also from Brookey Pryor:
Georgia TE Tre’ McKitty also says he’s talked with the Steelers.— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) March 17, 2021
A breakdown of McKitty for those, like me, who didn’t know much about him before the Steelers showed interest in him. This too from The Draft Network:
Tre’ McKitty aligned as the “move tight end” for the Bulldogs offense. He has good athleticism, as evidenced by his good body control and agility. In the run game, he is willing to stick his face in the trenches and block. He will not be a vertical mover, nor will he create a new line of scrimmage, but he has adequate blocking ability. He is dynamic as a pass-catcher due to his outstanding “un after catch ability. He had a knee scope just before the start of the season and it is unknown how healthy he was playing in 2020.
Ideal Role: No. 2 tight end with starting potential.
Scheme Fit: Any passing offense.
Georgia wasn’t the only team drawing headlines Wednesday. Texas A&M, who is having their Pro Day on March 30th for pro scouts/coaches, has a lineman the Steelers have shown interset in. In fact, according to sources, Steelers assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan is planning on meeting with Texas A&M offensive lineman Carson Green later this week.
Texas A&M OL Carson Green will meet with the #Steelers assistant OL coach later this week.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) March 17, 2021
He's also recently communicated virtually with the #Colts and #Giants.
I previously reported that he met w/ the #Cardinals OL coach via Zoom.
For those who want to know more about Green as a prospect, here is a breakdown via The Draft Network:
Carson Green is a developmental prospect that has spent all of his career manning the right tackle spot for the Aggies. At a listed 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, Green has the size of a prototypical offensive tackle. With some length and athleticism limitations, he may be a candidate that could be best suited as a guard. A well-experienced blocker, he’s precise and accurate with his blocking angles. A naturally tough and physical competitor, he’s able to withstand a lot of rush attempts based purely on his effort. Needing to add strength and add development with his hand usage, he’s a project that will need time on the practice squad while he continues to further his game in many key areas.
Ideal Role: Developmental offensive tackle that will need multiple years on the practice squad while developing.
What are your thoughts of the Steelers at Georgia’s Pro Day? What about the prospects they might have been keeping a close eye on? Let us know in the comment section, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they press on through free agency and get ready for the 2021 NFL Draft.