How much can the Pittsburgh Steelers really learn while watching professional hopefuls run in a straight line in their underwear? Plenty. But it’s more than just the 40-yard dash that determines who the team will draft in April. Teams will have to balance a prospect’s college film, combine drills, and interview skills in order to find the perfect fit for their squad.
This draft is a pivotal one for the Steelers. I hate to be melodramatic, but this franchise is at a crossroads. At the conclusion of this draft, the Steelers will have taken either a step towards regaining their spot at the top of the AFC North or a stumble towards a rebuilding phase. The Steelers cannot afford to miss on rookies this year.
I’m operating under the assumption that the Steelers stand pat and don’t trade up or down, simply because in this draft it’s tough to imagine anyone wanting to jump up badly enough to cough up valuable picks. If things get less muddy as the draft draws near, then maybe I’ll project a trade or two.
After watching the college stars lift weights, jump and go through positional drills, let’s see whose names the Steelers could be calling at the 2013 NFL Draft.
All combine statistics come directly from NFL.com.