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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:35 am 
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Don't understand the talk of him playing OT? That's a far greater learning curve IMHO. OT is really technical and is difficult to transition just from college to Pro's. For someone who has never played American football before OLine is a huge stretch. Guys that played in high school and college have hard time transitioning. DLine is more go get him, more cut and dry IMHO. Munchak helped Villanueva true, but Villy already was playing in a system while in college. It is certainly easier for a TE to transition than a Rugby player who has never played American football. Be interesting to see where this player goes and how his transition to American football unfolds.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:21 am 
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I'm sure the interest is because there are just so few guys with that kind of size and movement skills. Planet theory.

If you want the least amount of learning curve, make him a RB or FB. It sounds ridiculous, but look at him planting guys in the open field. He knows how to run, but the footwork and hand technique alone is pretty hard to learn. I'm pretty sure Mihalik or one of those recent Munchak projects had never played OL before he started teaching them, looked awful at first, became a serviceable player in a year or two.

I look at it this way: there are high school kids who know nothing about the position or technique, get a year or two of very limited training, come to college with some skills. With his size and mobility, even slightly below average technique might still be pretty effective. Think about him as that 3rd big TE in a year or two. Worth a shot as a PFA or even a late round pick, if you really like what you saw of his progress in learning the position to this point.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:06 am 
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Wow, I was just remembering Carlton Haselrig back in the day. Wrestler, never played football in college, but the Steelers drafted him in the 12th round in '89 if I remember that right.

I remember some thought, hey, make him play defense, maybe he can be a NT, but Noll was adamant about him playing guard. Haselrig made the Pro Bowl as a guard.

All I know is that we have probably the best offensive line coach in the NFL in Munchak and I think he could do wonders with this Rugby kid. Also, this is sort of in the Steelers DNA in terms of developing offensive linemen from unlikely sources. Whether it is turning a TE into a Pro Bowl RT like Larry Brown, or a wrestler into Pro Bowl Guard like Carlton Haselrig or a former WR turned into a Pro Bowl LT in Big Al (Many forget that Villy was recruited as a TE, then played DE, then Offensive tackle, and then ended his Army career in college as a WR!).

So, what I am trying to say, is that the Steelers have this down to a science. Bring him in as an UDFA, or take him in round 7.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:25 am 
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Just my opinion...With the Steelers running his pro day and bringing him in for a visit I think they are trying to build a relationship so they can sign him as a UDFA.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:49 am 
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Draft visitors 4/11: WR Russell Gage Jr., from LSU

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:27 pm 
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Goedert’s schedule has included the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants and New York Jets, or basically half the league. http://draftanalyst.com/tight-end-boards-it’s-anyone’s-guess
Can put this in the 'unconfirmed' visits for now I guess.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:15 pm 
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Draft visitor for 4/13: WR Christian Kirk from Texas A&M

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 1:25 pm 
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Goedert’s schedule has included the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland Raiders, New York Giants and New York Jets, or basically half the league. http://draftanalyst.com/tight-end-boards-it’s-anyone’s-guess
Can put this in the 'unconfirmed' visits for now I guess.

I'm not sure if that means he had a visit, or he's just met with the Steelers. I know they sent a rep to his pro day

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
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Draft visitor for 4/13: WR Christian Kirk from Texas A&M


That'd be a 1.28 play. I wonder if it isn't a little too much like having two Jujus.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
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Draft visitor for 4/13: WR Christian Kirk from Texas A&M


That'd be a 1.28 play. I wonder if it isn't a little too much like having two Jujus.

You think this guy is a first rounder?

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:10 am 
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Bilal Nichols...

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Nichols will be on an official visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers tomorrow. http://draftanalyst.com/nfl-draft-news-notes-april-15


I don't know about Goedert either, Pabst. I haven't seen him linked to the Steelers other than that article so....


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:11 am 
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I do not think Christian Kirk is a 1st rounder, and I don't really like him.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:20 am 
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Nichols is confirmed, and apparently they really like LSU...that's the 3rd visit on top of going to the Pro Day.

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Draft visitors 4/16: DL Gregory Gilmore from LSU; DT Bilal Nichols from Delaware

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
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Nichols is confirmed, and apparently they really like LSU...that's the 3rd visit on top of going to the Pro Day.

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Draft visitors 4/16: DL Gregory Gilmore from LSU; DT Bilal Nichols from Delaware

Those two LSU linemen are good fits and underrated.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:21 pm 
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I'm relatively sure that Labriola doesn't report the guys who come in on weekends & holidays.

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South Carolina State linebacker Darius Leonard announced he had arrived in Pittsburgh on Friday night via his Instagram account, presumably ahead of a meeting with the Steelers the next day.

https://steelerswire.usatoday.com/2018/04/14/lb-darius-leonard-in-pittsburgh-ahead-of-presumed-meeting-with-steelers/

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
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Draft visitors for 4/17: LB Matthew Thomas from Florida State; S Marcus Allen from Penn State; and S Tarvarius Moore from Southern Miss

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
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Justin Reid is in town...

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Stanford safety Justin Reid in Pittsburgh today according to his Instagram story. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/D5GOmqDTFs

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:41 pm 
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Matthew Thomas is interesting. A variety of injuries over his career and some off -the field allusions... but he can move on the field

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
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Justin Reid is in town...

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Rapoport is reporting this as well. Don't want to write it down as "official" just yet, but hopefully it's confirmed tomorrow

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
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Alabama S Ronnie Harrison (No. 38 prospect on @MoveTheSticks' Top 50) had private meetings/workouts with PIT, NYG, DET, TEN, JAX, MIN, CIN, CAR, SEA, HOU, NE, and PHI. Versatile player who should go Round 2.
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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:52 pm 
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The Steelers omitted Stanford safety Justin Reid from the list earlier today. The second-round target is at the facility as well

Got the confirmation (finally).

jebrick - the Steelers met with Harrison at the combine for sure. They may have had another meeting at his pro day.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:13 pm 
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Looks as though we may be done:
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Steelers predraft visits have concluded. There were 21 reported visits. (Maybe a few more not reported). Here is the breakdown of the reported visits: 6 ILB, 5 DBs, 4 DL, 3 WRs, 2 RB, 1 OL


There are 23 confirmed names on our list - LVE and Kyzir White were both reported by Pittsburgh media but never confirmed by the Steelers/Labriola.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:23 am 
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Former #Gophers DT Steven Richardson worked out recently for the hometown #Bears. The Steelers, Seahawks, 49ers, etc. have also shown interest. Richardson had many great moments in the maroon, gold, and white. https://twitter.com/DWolfsonKSTP/status ... 5504526338
Not sure if they have him scheduled for an official visit or not. Saw this and decided to post it.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
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Quadree Henderson/WR-RS/Pittsburgh has met with & visited the Steelers, Eagles, Broncos & worked out for the Giants, Dolphins, 49ers https://twitter.com/TonyPauline/status/ ... 9298996224
Local visit?
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Steelers had South Carolina State’s Darius Leonard in for a visit, although he’s more of a second-round pick and that might be where they find their man in this draft. http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/stee ... 1804200124
Didn't see this one listed either...


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Official Draft Visits
PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:17 am 
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Darius Leonard is the "break the TV" pick, at any point in this draft that isn't after already selecting Skai Moore.

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