The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of free agency, but the scouts and coaches are all across the country visiting specific colleges and universities for their annual Pro Day workouts.
With the NFL Scouting Combine being canceled for 2021, due to COVID-19 concerns, the emphasis this season has been on individual NCAA Pro Day workouts. This is the only chance NFL teams will have to get an up-close-and-personal look at these young prospects, so you can imagine the amount of hours and miles have been put in as teams look to get the low down on these players.
After Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert both had recent stops at Clemson and Georgia, they continued their SEC tour with the Auburn Tigers Thursday. The Steelers were one of 30 NFL teams in attendance for the Auburn workout.
30 NFL teams at Auburn's Pro Day today including Saints GM Jeff Ireland and Steelers HC Mike Tomlin and GM Kevin Colbert (the pro day King) https://t.co/U6LQoTCTd0— Andrew Groover (@APGroover) March 18, 2021
There are plenty of prospects for Steelers fans to get to know as the 2021 NFL Draft approaches. As Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reports, the Steelers were keeping a close eye on the receivers for Auburn.
#Steelers alert: GM Kevin Colbert and HC Mike Tomlin continue their SEC Pro Day tour west to #Auburn. Today, they have WR coach Ike Hilliard along. The long-armed 6-3 Seth Williams and insanely fast Anthony Schwartz are doing WR drills RIGHT NOW. You know who drafts WRs well?— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 18, 2021
Here is some information on those two receivers mentioned in the tweet above, courtesy of The Draft Network:
He’s got the prototypical size and skill set to be an “X” in the NFL. A natural hands-catcher with strong hands who rarely allows the ball to get into his frame, Williams rarely double-catches the football. He likely won’t win against press coverage with foot quickness. However, when he learns to use his hands and excellent functional strength, he won’t have an issue off the line of scrimmage. He’s fearless when catching slants over the middle and is very good in contested catch situations. In the NFL, he will be a red zone nightmare for defenses in slant, fades, 50/50 balls, and back-shoulder situations. He will have no problems excelling on special teams if needed. He doesn’t have elite separation agility at the top of the route and likely won’t win with quickness against man coverage in this way—he has some stiffness in his hips.
Ideal Role: Sub-package wide receiver.
Scheme Fit: This player has the skill set to fit into any offensive scheme.
Anthony Schwartz has exceptional proactive athleticism, as evidenced by his quickness, body control, and balance. He’s a willing stalk blocker but is better off running the defender off. In the passing game, he is a threat due to his explosive speed to threaten a defense before and after the ball arrives. He is a home-run threat and defenders must account for his dynamic ability in the slot. He displays some physical toughness for being a “track guy” and would be a matchup problem in the slot.
Ideal Role: Slot receiver.
Scheme Fit: Vertical passing offense.
As for Schwartz, the former track star, everyone wanted to see what he would register in the 40-yard dash. Well, take a look for yourself:
The next big Pro Day on the schedule which might get Tomlin and Colbert out in the public again just might be the next big SEC workout. That would be the Alabama Pro Day on March 23rd. You can guarantee all eyes will be on players like Najee Harris during that workout.
In the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes on the Steelers as they prepare for the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.