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Which Steelers draft picks we most want to see at rookie minicamp

By Jacob Klinger | jklinger@pennlive.com

PITTSBURGH — Rookie minicamp gives us live looks at an NFL tryout.

And the Steelers have a habit of signing a few layers each year out of these three-day light practices and initial trials. But even the best of these players are unlikely to contribute during the regular season itself.

Whereas the players Pittsburgh drafted this year join a team that needs them to succeed – in some cases more than others – fairly immediately. So with four months remaining until the start of the regular season, we are counting down the five Steelers selections we’re most intrigued about going into Friday’s opening day or rookie minicamp.

5. Zach Gentry, TE, 5th-round pick

One of the most reliable and oddly education routines of spring practice is this lovely little thing that happens where tight ends practice hitting a blocking sled for tight ends coach James Daniel, who tells them they’re doing it wrong. And while these recently professional athletes try to figure out how it is they can do the activity that accounts for about half of their new, extremely temporary job, Mike Tomlin looks on from about 25 yards away, listening for the pop or lack thereof in each player’s rep against the dummy. Then he’ll walk up to about 15, 10 and eventually 5 or 3 or 2 yards away, take in Daniel’s feedback to the player and either pile on or offer a kind of pithy smack talk. Sometimes he says something to the football effect of “that’ll do, Donkey” a la Shrek, but mostly these guys get semi-subtly eviscerated before jogging off, hoping they still know how to catch a football right, too.

Pretty much all of this is going to happen to Gentry. Daniel already said he needs to get better at blocking. Tomlin might not even wait at a distance this year.

4. Benny Snell Jr., RB, 4th-round pick

There’s only so much that can be told from running backs playing without pads. What we’re looking for here, though, is him looking noticeably sharper than the other backs in this camp. If he’s going to threaten for serious snaps this season, he should.

3. Sutton Smith, OLB, 6th-round pick

Mostly because it’s unclear where he’s going to play on defense. But also because watching an undersized defensive end fit into Pittsburgh’s expectations of any position in real-time is about as inside football as we’re going to get this weekend.

2. Devin Bush, ILB, 1st-round pick

The top selection should stand out in the same way that Snell might. He will get a chance to command a loose defense in 11 on 11 periods. And Tomlin tends to note players standing out by their communication at this stage of the offseason more than all else.

This is supposed to be Bush’s role at the heart of Pittsburgh’s defense sooner than later. Friday will provide out first look at him in any such capacity in any kind of Steelers uniform.

1. Diontae Johnson, WR, 3rd-round pick

All of the short-space evasiveness and downfield explosion that’s supposed to make Johnson a viable fill-in in the post-Antonio Brown era should be readily on display, if not altogether enhanced by the fact that the Steelers will be playing football in shorts.

Also, it’s not hard to tell when someone is football fast up close like this.


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 Post subject: Re: Which draft picks we most want to see at rookie mini cam
PostPosted: Fri May 10, 2019 7:18 am 
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Of course I hope to see them all [UDFA's included] perform well and have great camps. SBI...

I understand they'll have struggles and be "broken down" to be built back up the "steeler way" so there's that.

I think there are going to be 3 surprises for folks. Johnson, Gentry and Gilbert are going to surprise I think. I really like the Gilbert signing and think many are sleeping on this young prospect. Good luck to all of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Which draft picks we most want to see at rookie mini cam
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They gave Gentry number 83? Drama, how do we feel about that?


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Another guy the crowd can yell "Heeeeeeeeeeath" for.

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