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Steelers begin meeting with defenders at the NFL Scouting Combine

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started the meeting process at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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The 2023 NFL Scouting Combine is well underway, and the meetings between prospects and NFL teams have begun. Many compare Combine meetings between organizations and prospects like speed dating. Not a lot of time to get to know players, and you are trying to meet with as many prospects as possible.

It is at this time when players make their meetings with teams official during their time in front of the media. In this case, players who have met with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It should be known there are a myriad of meetings which go unreported, and also less significance in these quick, rapid-fire meetings during the chaos that has become the NFL Combine.

With all that said, Wednesday was when defenders took the stage for media availability, and plenty of players said they had meetings with the Steelers during their time at the podium. Below you’ll see a list of players who were open about their meetings, where they went to school, some bullet points on the prospects, and more.

Let’s get into it!

(Note: All “breakdowns” below are courtesy of The Draft Network)

Myles Murphy, Clemson DL

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Rare blend of athletic tools and traits
  • Consistent production and steady development
  • Can play in any front and win accordingly
  • Glowing reviews as a player and person

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Disruption has been more prevalent than finishing splash plays; needs to finish better
  • Transitions in rush counters could be expedited to win quicker
  • Does illustrate some steep lateral tightness on the edge

Henry To’oTo’o, Alabama LB

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Smart backer with great instincts
  • Produces tackles consistently
  • Moves well laterally

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Does not deconstruct blocks well
  • Inconsistencies when defending the run
  • Competitive edge is sometimes questionable

Keeanu Benton, Wisconsin, DL

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Incredible raw power
  • Outstanding run-stuffing value
  • Added quicker hand counters

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Pass-rush value remains limited
  • Not an overly explosive athlete
  • Lacks versatility and alignment

PJ Mustipher, Penn State, DL

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Ideal size and length to stack blocks at the point of attack
  • A+ motor and effort player
  • Pleasant range on plays that other A-gap defenders wouldn’t touch

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Consistency in pad level and leverage
  • Lacks passing-down skill set and appeal
  • Replacement-level role for many teams with no splash production

Drew Sanders, Arkansas, ILB

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Tremendous ceiling after 2022 transition to off-ball linebacker
  • Length and fluidity are a rare combination of athletic traits
  • Excellent third-down value as a pass rusher
  • Room to add mass to his frame

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Needs to develop as a run defender in the box
  • Functional strength at the point of attack is a work in progress
  • Man-to-man coverage skills are TBD

Gervon Dexter, Florida DL

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Great size and length for IDL
  • Athleticism at the IDL position
  • Flashes of dominance

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Plays high/leverage issues
  • Inconsistent technique in the run and pass
  • Motor/effort concerns

Keondre Coburn, Texas DL

Top Reasons to Buy In:

  • Motor/effort
  • Quick first step

Top Reasons For Concern:

  • Limited length
  • Lack of production
  • Role-specific

Keep tabs on BTSC as we add to the list of players who have met with the Steelers during the Combine, as well as all the news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they press on throughout the NFL offseason.