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Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Draft Visitor Massachusetts Tight End Rob Blanchflower

April 25th, 2014 at 7:26 AM
By Mark Mihalko

One name that has been randomly linked to the Pittsburgh Steelers during the pre-draft period is North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron. While the roster seems relatively set at the tight end position, Heath Miller is a year older and David Paulson sputtered when given the opportunity. Ebron is intriguing with his hybrid ability to become a weapon in the passing game. The Steelers have not neglected the tight end position with their pre-draft visitors, although, Ebron was not on the list, but that does not rule him out on draft day.

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The Steelers did host one tight end, Massachusetts product Rob Blanchflower. Not a hybrid receiver like Ebron, Branchflower is a traditional inline tight end that plays with a physical edge.

At 6-4, 256-pounds, Blanchflower plays tough and uses his size and physicality as a blocker in the running game. Not a quick twitch athlete or explosive, he does show solid hands on film and is experienced as a four-year starter and team captain (two years). Because of the lack of explosion off the ball and uneven route running, he also struggled with separation in the passing game.

In the end, Blanchflower is a blue collar tight end that leads by example with effort and heart. At this point, he is a late round / undrafted rookie free agent type prospect that could come in and compete for the third / fourth tight end position.

Pre-Draft Visitors/ Prospect Profiles

Cornerbacks (6)

Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson (Profile 3/28)

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard (Profile 3/29)

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett (Profile 4/6)

Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (Profile 4/10)

Rice cornerback Phillip Gaines (Profile 4/17)

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert (Profile 2/15)

Wide Receivers (7)

Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown (Profile 3/31)

Mississippi wide receiver Dante Moncrief (Profile 4/3)

South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington (Profile 4/5)

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant (Profile 4/7)

Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (Profile 2/5)

Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans (Profile 2/6)

Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson (Profile 2/16)

Running Backs (1)

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (Profile 4/1)

Safety (3)

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor (Profile 4/8)

Minnesota safety Brock Vereen (Profile 4/8)

Washington State safety Deone Bucannon (Profile 4/13)

Linebackers (8)

Arizona State outside linebacker/defensive end Carl Bradford (Profile 4/12)

Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (Profile 4/14)

UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (Profile 4/15)

Auburn outside linebacker/defensive end Dee Ford (Profile 2/16)

Texas outside linebacker/defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (Profile 4/21)

Oregon State outside linebacker / defensive end Scott Crichton (Profile 4/23)

UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr (Profile 4/24)

Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier (Profile 4/24)

Defensive Linemen (4)

Minnesota defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman (Profile 4/19)

Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt (Profile 4/20)

Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix (Profile 2/7)

Wisconsin nose tackle Beau Allen (Profile 4/22)

Tight Ends (2)

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron (Profile 2/9)

Massachusetts tight end Rob Blanchflower (Profile 4/26)

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Tags: David Paulson, Eric Ebron, Football, Heath Miller, Massachusetts, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, pre-draft visitors, Rob Blanchflower

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