The 2013 NFL pro days are slowly winding down, but the Pittsburgh Steelers brass is still out in full force doing their homework.
On Wednesday, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert were in attendance at the LSU pro day to observe several draft hopefuls. The big names who worked out were linebacker Kevin Minter; running back Michael Ford; defensive ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery; safety Eric Reid; cornerback Tyrann Mathieu; tackle Chris Faulk; and punter Brad Wing.
Minter, a 3-4 inside linebacker prospect, ran a forty-yard dash time of 4.67, which was an improvement from his 4.81 time that he registered last month at the NFL combine. His 34.5″ vertical jump was also an improvement over his 33″ combine effort.
Reid bettered his combine forty-yard dash time in addition as he ran a 4.50 on Wednesday. He decided, however, to stand on the rest of combine numbers.
Mingo and Mathieu both stood on their combine numbers, but reportedly took part in the position drills.
Out on the west coast, Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake and quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner were both spotted at the USC pro day on Wednesday. Lake was obviously there to watch safety T.J. McDonald perform, while Fichtner very well could have been there to watch wide receiver Robert Woods work in addition to quarterback Matt Barkley, who the Steelers most likely will not be drafting next month.
McDonald only participated in the broad jump inside and leapt 10\’11” There is no word yet as to what his forty time was.
In case you are wondering, and I know you are, Ryan Clark was at the LSU pro day and Troy Polamalu was at the USC pro day.