Good Friday to you Steelers’ fans.
The NFL Combine hit its stride last night when players finally got on the field. After days of interviews, medical tests and bench presses the quarterbacks, tight ends and wide receivers go on the turf of Lucas Oil Stadium. From a Steelers’ perspective the eyes were definitely focused on the tight ends and there were several guys who didn’t disappoint. Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet and Dayton’s Adam Trautman were as good as advertised excelling positively in a number of areas. Trautman topped the group in the three cone drill with a time of 6.78. Kmet showed off good hands and looked very athletic in receiving drills. Notre Dame WR Chase Claypool who is a very large young man, put the “moving to tight end rumors” to rest with excellent receiving skills and very good agility testing. A 4.42 at 6’4″ 238 pounds was ridiculous. Baylor’s Denzel Mims is another big receiver who had a time of 6.66 in the three cone and ran a 4.38 forty. Keep in mind these are guys running around in their underpants so I live by the old axiom that “the tape never lies” but it was a good start for these young men.
Tweet of the Day… Big man speed right here!
Our first 😲 from the NFL Combine: Missouri TE Albert Okwuegbunamii ran a 4.49 at 258 lbs. pic.twitter.com/aSOdwinmOa
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 27, 2020
Rank and File
There’s no question that the top paid players in the NFL aren’t thrilled with the CBA proposal that will go to the full membership now. The guys that aren’t upset about are the rank and file guys who comprise roughly 65% of the players. They are getting more money, better benefits and they are overall going to benefit significantly from the deal. This is what being in a Union is about. You have to realize there are deals that benefit those at the top, those in the middle and those at the bottom. This one seems to benefit a large portion of the membership and that’s why it will pass. These guys can’t afford to be out of work.
Good for Hurts
I wrote yesterday that I didn’t understand the Steeler Nation love for Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts as it pertains to drafting him in April. I don’t find him overly accurate and his fundamentals as a passer are lacking. I thought he acquitted himself quite well yesterday. He’s still largely a day three pick in my mind but I thought he threw pretty well on Thursday.
A QB You Say???
While I don’t see the Steelers drafting a QB in this Draft one guy I’ve become quite impressed with is James Morgan of Florida International. He had superb week at the East-West Shrine Game and he had a really solid day Thursday in both drills and in passing. Rumor has it that he also interviewed quite well too. A guy to keep an eye on as many now project him into the third or fourth round.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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