After the NFL decided to cancel the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine, the onus then was placed on individual school’s Pro Days. The workouts have been ongoing for months, or since the NCAA season ended, and they continued with some big time schools putting their talent through workouts.
Here is the list of workouts which took place on Monday:
- East Carolina
- Florida Atlantic
- North Carolina State
- Ohio State
- Texas A&M
With big name schools like Alabama, their second Pro Day, and Ohio State having workouts, you can imagine the Pittsburgh Steelers’ front office was well represented. Ohio State was the workout which brought out Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert and new offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.
Here you can see Klemm working with offensive lineman Wyatt Davis while Justin Fields draws the attention of on-lookers.
Justin Fields and Mike Tomlin share a laugh following Fields’ strong pro day performance. pic.twitter.com/tFRRYjYWLz— BryanDeArdo (@BryanDeArdo) March 30, 2021
While everyone knows about Fields, not everyone knows about Wyatt Davis. Here is a breakdown of Davis, per The Draft Network:
Wyatt Davis projects well as a starting right guard at the NFL level and it should not take him very long to work himself into that role. Davis should be expected to claim a starting role during his rookie season in the NFL — thanks in large part to impressive NFL bloodlines and the mauling presence up front that will help create ample space in the run game. Davis is at his best on inside zone where his blend of lateral mobility and functional power can combine to push and uproot defenders at the point of attack to create gaping lanes for his ball carriers. Davis is a multi-year starter with the Buckeyes and although his play peaked in 2019, there’s a clear and obvious ceiling with Davis’ game that would make him a game changing presence up front along an NFL offensive line. Teams who implement more frequent outside zone concepts will need to provide some added focus to securing and sustaining blocks after first contact if they hope to unlock the best of what Davis has to offer — but a large part of his appeal is that he’s got the physical tools to execute any kinds of concepts at a high level. Teams who love maulers are going to find him hard to ignore.
Ideal Role: Starting Right Guard (Plug & Play)
Scheme Fit: Scheme diverse but trends best in an inside zone heavy rush attack
Alabama had their second Pro Day of the offseason, and Steelers’ new quarterbacks coach, Mike Sullivan, was spotted in attendance (he is in the picture below walking towards the camera).
Was Sullivan just there to get a look at Mac Jones, or was he there to check out other prospects too?
Texas A&M also had their workout, and the Steelers did have a representative there for this workout. Assistant offensive line coach Craig Morgan was there working with Carson Green and Dan Moore Jr.
Reports had been circulating how the Steelers were planning to meet with some of Texas A&M’s linemen for a few weeks now. The players who might have had the most attention was none other than quarterback Kellen Mond. He has a cannon of an arm:
For those who don’t know much about Mond, or A&M’s offense, check out the player profile below, via The Draft Network:
From a statistical standpoint, Kellen Mond is one of the most prolific players to not only play in College Station, but also the SEC. He’s a slim, but adequately built quarterback prospect who possesses lots of velocity with throws when able to step into them. With a high-elbow but snappy type of release, he has the torque and enthusiasm behind passes that enables him to be very efficient in the short to intermediate areas. Mond always displays high levels of poise as he often shows that he’s never in a hurry. From his mechanics to how he deals with pressure surrounding him, he remains under control and focused on the task at hand. He’s one of the most battled-tested throwers in the country as he takes an excruciating amount of hits throughout games but continues to battle and make throws. The often occurrence of shots to his body has helped him better deal with pressure from all directions inside the pocket. He’s mainly a half-field read thrower that can get the ball out quickly and efficiently when on schedule. While barely scratching the level of an above-average athlete, he has enough athleticism to get himself out of trouble and gain hidden yardage when breaking outside of the pocket as well. He’s strictly a shotgun/pistol quarterback who’s had all of his experience there.
Playing faster is sometimes needed, but he remains at the same pace. Decaying pockets can be challenging for him to escape and he waits too long to make that decision instead of correctly timing when, where, and how to exit the pocket in order to explore and create off-script opportunities. He shows great stages of poise, but will have plays where he makes questionable throws down the field in hopes of being bailed out by aggressive perimeter options.
Ideal Role: Developmental QB that could lead to being a high-end backup option.
Scheme Fit: Erhardt-Perkins offensive system.
What do you think of the prospects/schools who had workouts Monday? Let us know in the comment section below, and be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.