The Pittsburgh Steelers have not been involved in a football game in a month, but they finally got back to work last week as the Senior Bowl took place in Mobile, Ala. last Saturday. Well, the front office went back to work. This game was attended by every scout and coach on the Steelers’ staff — even newly hired offensive line coach Mike Munchak. Last week officially kicked off the NFL Draft process for not just the Steelers but the entire NFL. This is the time for general manager Kevin Colbert to get to work.
Saturday’s game was perhaps not as big as the practice during the week where scouts paid close attention to all the prospects that stepped onto the field. Notable players during the week were Auburn‘s defensive end Dee Ford, Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood and Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Colbert mentioned that the Steelers sat down with roughly 50 players last week that participated in the Senior Bowl. He told the team website:
“That’s the excitement of these types of games. These players can make you better.”
The question is, did the Steelers find some worthy talent to help them next season? Of course it’s way too early to determine who the Steelers will draft this May, but getting this first look is very important to the process.
“By choosing to play in this game and compete, these players showed they had something to prove,” Colbert said.
Next comes the NFL Scouting Combine where all players will be tested for weight, height, speed and skill. Colbert will be in attendance this February as some of the college football’s very best show their raw talent.