Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Day 2 of Player Visits

Every year, each team gets to bring in 30 draft prospects for individual meetings and workouts with the team. For an insider's look at what goes on during these Player Visits, check out this podcast from former Ravens & Browns scout Daniel Jeremiah at Move The Sticks. (Here's a full list of his podcasts -- you can also find them on iTunes under "Move The Sticks"). To try to give you all the most information possible about the prospects the Steelers are bringing in for workouts, we compiled rankings from four different scouting websites: Draft Breakdown, Mocking the Draft, NFL House, and Scar Draft. We highly recommend all of them as a go-to sources for draft information. You can find quick-links to all of our recommended draft sites under the "Draft Resources" tab at the far right of the menu bar at the top of the page. You can also find a log of all the draft prospects the Steelers have brought in under the "NFL Draft Preview" tab.

Jacques McClendon (G-Tennessee)
6'3" 324 lbs
Draft Breakdown: #15 G
Mocking The Draft: unranked
NFL House: unranked
Scar Draft: #28 G

Projected Round 7th-undrafted

McClendon doesn't have a player profile on NFL.com. Scar Draft didn't rank him in his top 300 prospects. There are 255 picks in the draft. Chances are, McClendon isn't going to get drafted. He wasn't at the Combine, so it's likely that the Steelers brought him in in order to give their scouts a chance to evaluate him. He's a candidate to be picked up as an undrafted free agent if the Steelers like what they see.

Rodger Saffold (T-Indiana)
6'4" 316 lbs
Draft Breakdown: #52 overall, #7 OT
Mocking The Draft: #65 overall, #7 OT
NFL House: #95 overall, #9 OT
Scar Draft: #39 overall, #7 OT

NFL.com Player Bio
Projected Round: 2nd-3rd

There are 6 tackles widely identified by every scouting site that have the potential to go in the first round: Russell Okung, Brian Bulaga, Trent Williams, Anthony Davis, Bruce Campbell, and Charles Brown. Saffold is on the 3rd tier of tackles. He's not an elite prospect, nor is he worthy of a first round pick. He lacks the size to be an effective LT in the NFL, but he could move to RT or even inside to guard. He has good size and good quickness off the ball. To be honest, you won't hear us complain at all if the Steelers take an offensive lineman, regardless of the round. They need help on the line, and we trust Kevin Colbert to find the talent this team needs.

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