told, the entire process runs form February 19-25 - meetings and
weigh-ins/measurements are from the 19th-21st, while the actual Combine
workouts and drills are from the 22nd-25th.
each player is measured, poked, prodded and scrutinized like prize
cattle, we get the chance to find out which potential prospects might
fit the team's needs. It is truly the penultimate event.
again, it could be much ado about nothing and all that is actually
needed is to have watched three or more years of actual games.
truth, the real value of the NFL Combine is the subject of debate as
the players go through their various drills from the general to the
specific. The real import of the Combine likely lies behind the pomp and
Steelers, as with all teams, will put players through assiduous medical
examinations, interviews and in possibly even psychological testing.
now, for the most part, Kevin Colbert and company have settled on their
preliminary draft board, so the Combine acts as the proverbial icing.
It allows them to adjust based on the aforementioned psych eval, their
background, medical questions and, maybe most of all, their character.
he fit in with their locker room? What are his practice habits? Is he
competitive? Can he learn a playbook? Can he recognize schemes and
formations? Does he have a real football IQ? Etc...
Not only that, but they'll also want to know about players' work ethic.
There have been as much as eight weeks for some to stay prepared or at least to get prepared for the Combine drills. Are they?
for the interview process itself, each team can meet with up to 60
player interviews players they specifically requested for 15 minutes at a
time and players have an itinerary that lays out which team they will
be meeting with and when.
interviews can involve the particular position coach, a coordinator(s),
the head coach and other personnel brass. The conversation can be as
casual as can be in order to just get a feel for the player, or as
technical as possible. Whatever necessary to better gauge the player.
far, the Steelers have met with at least Arizona Wildcats running back
Ka'Deem Carey, Oklahoma Sooners FB-TE Trey Millard (SICK blocker), and
some guy named Kelvin Benjamin.
More to come starting Saturday.
TIDBITS: Per ESPN's John Clayton from his Twitter (@ClaytonESPN) account, "the projection for the 2014 salary cap is now at $132 million."
This greatly helps the Steelers. When just considering the Rule of 51, the Steelers are only now $3.5 million over the Salary Cap.Add in the dead money and it's approximately $8.1 million over. Hopefully, they'll raise it again...
In this pass-happy NFL is so pass oriented, the Nickel and Dime sub
packages of the defense become paramount. The Steelers themselves used
such packages approximately 60% of the time last season. The Steelers
have issues at cornerback and safety (needing about least one each), and
this is considered to be a top heavy draft class in the secondary that
could provide starter-type help into the fourth round.
Wheaton recently had "clean-up surgery on the broken pinky finger that
kept him out about a month last season. Otherwise, Colbert said, the
Steelers are healthier coming out of this season than he can remember in
any previous year." - Alan Robinson of the Tribune-Review