Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin and several others are off to the Senior Bowl this week to watch college prospects as they prepare for the all-star game.
Still to be determined is who will be running the defense in 2015. Tomlin met with Linebackers’ Coach Keith Butler yesterday and ESPN is already reporting he is likely to get the job. No announcement has been made yet. (Update: Butler has been announced as the new defensive coordinator as of this morning)
As for the Senior Bowl, we expect Tomlin to focus heavily on the defensive side of the ball but that doesn’t mean offense will be neglected. The team desperately needs depth at running back and at tight end.
One tight end in particular to keep an eye on is Nick Boyle out of Delaware. The 6’5″ 273lbs stud is a punishing blocker but is an excellent receiver as well. He seems to fit the mold of a larger Heath Miller.
As far as running backs, don’t be surprised if the staff takes a peak at another Spartan in Jeremy Langford who took over after Le’Veon Bell left. He’s a solid back with good burst.
Certainly the secondary will be the most important aspect heading into free agency and the draft. Safety Kurtis Drummond, also of Michigan State will be on their radar. He’s a tackling machine who also had ten career interceptions and was a co-captain this year.
Two other safeties that offer big size are Clayton Geathers of Central Florida and Cody Prewitt of Ole Miss. Both guys are over 200lbs and measure about 6’2″ in height.
I’m just scratching the surface on our offseason coverage so you can bet we’ll have lots more in the coming months.
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