Looking at the Pittsburgh Steelers roster in preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft and attempting to hone in on prospects to fill needs has been a difficult proposition. Now, with the addition of three seventh-round compensation picks and head coach Mike Tomlin talking about addressing certain positions (LB, NT, OL, WR, RB and potentially a young QB), things may be clearing just a bit.
While the teams 30 pre-draft visits will help shed some light on their direction. It is always fun to speculate about some diamonds in the rough that could pay dividends as late round selections. Here are five late-round prospects for the offense that could add something to the roster.
QB B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga. From all reports, Coleman has the tools, skills and intangibles to intrigue teams as a late-round prospect. At 6-3, 235 pounds, he features a strong arm, solid accuracy and some mobility. With the Steelers potentially looking for a young developmental quarterback, Coleman could fit that bill.
WR Marquis Maze, Alabama. Maze is an undersized (5-8, 186 pound) slot receiver and kick returner that has performed on a big stage. More quick than fast, his ability to make a clutch play should not be overlooked.
OT John Cullen, Utah. Cullen is nowhere near ready to step in and start as a rookie, but he has some solid athleticism with decent size (6-4, 305 pounds) with a big enough frame to allow for growth.
TE Cory Harkey, UCLA. Harkey may be the best in-line blocker as a tight end in the draft. Big (6-4, 260 pound) and physical, he is beast at the point of attack with enough receiving ability to keep teams honest.
RB Brandon Bolden, Ole Miss. Bolden is an all-purpose back that could step in and add depth as a runner and underrated receiver. On top of that, he has a history as a solid special teams performer, an attribute that could serve him well in the NFL.
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