Ep. 32 Golden Parachute

We’re between the combine and the draft. There’s been so much conjecture about who’s going where and when. Sam Darnold was the projected as the #1 pick to the Browns. Now it seems that Josh Allen may have supplanted him as Cleveland’s target.  Of course none of this is proven fact, but if it it’s true, it kind of explains an organization with a 1-23 record over the past two years.

Jordan Mailata‘s pro day in Tampa FL last week makes for a very interesting story.  Mailata is a 20-year-old of Samoan origin who’s been playing rugby in Australia. He’s a 6’8″ 346 pound beast who ran over his Lilliputian rugby compatriots like Sherman Tank. He’s been working out at IMG in Florida to learn the offensive tackle position. The big man has some speed (4.7) so someone is going to be interested in this project.

Headlines

  1. Odds and Ends
    1. Steelers sign Berhe
    2. Steelers re-sign Chris Boswell
  2. Should Steelers trade up in the draft?
  3. Weekly draft preview: Tight Ends

 

Steelers sign Nat Berhe

Berhe is known as “The Missile” but we’ve renamed him “The Golden Parachute” as he most likely will replace Robert Golden as a core element on special teams.  Berhe is a free agent safety signed to a one year contract. Originally drafted by the Giants in 2015 out of San Diego State, he’s been a special teams ace, leading that unit in tackles in 2017. Of note, Berhe is the first Eritrean-American to play in the NFL.

Steelers re-sign Boswell


Not surprisingly, kicker Chris Boswell has signed his second round restricted free agent tender for $2.9 million.  Boswell made his first Pro Bowl last season after hitting over 92% of his field goals in the regular season and finishing as the 4th highest scorer in the NFL.
Boswell also set a career-high with 4 field goals made from 50 or more yards away.

 

Should Steelers trade up in the draft?

Tony Serino of Locked on Steelers asked on Twitter if the Steelers should go ALL IN and trade up for a defensive impact player? Noting that the Steelers haven’t done a great job of developing defensive players well or quickly, Steelers Outpost has a resounding ABSOLUTELY!

 

Tight Ends

PlayerPositivesNegatives
Mike Gesicki
Penn State
6’5 / 247 lbs / 4.54
•INCREDIBLE leaping / high point ability
•Great hands
•Terrible blocker
•Not as explosive as past “move” TEs (Engram, Njoku)
Hayden Hurst
South Carolina
6’4 / 250 lbs / 4.67
•Good hands
•Willing blocker / not good
•Runs reverses etc
•24yo / failed Pirates minor league prospect
•Lacks elite move TE athleticism
Ian Thomas
Indiana
6’4 / 260 lbs / 4.74
•Raw prospect
•Potential as a blocker
•Great hands on boundary / endzone
•Fantastic game against Ohio state
•Least explosive of the top TEs
•Raw
Dallas Godert
South Dakota State
6’5 / 256 lbs
•Dynamic receiver / flashes super athleticism — but not to a first round level. Especially considering level of competition.
•Playmaker / sweet option play
•Inconsistent hands / fantastic catches
•Good build up speed / not great get-off
•Not elite athlete by any means/ lacks fluidity of 1st round TEs from last year (Engram, Njoku, Howard)
•Not Great blocker, but not elite enough athlete to be a Move TE
•Not mean enough
•Looks lame in his uniform
•Might actually be fault of uniform (small #s)
Mark Andrews
Oklahoma
6’5 / 256 lbs / 4.67
•”Glorified slot receiver” with least upside of the bunch
•Better route runner
•Totally useless blocker

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