The 2017 NFL Draft will certainly include a few former Pittsburgh Panthers players being selected and on Wednesday the hopefuls strutted their stuff at the school’s annual pro day.
As you can probably imagine, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a few people on hand to observe the Panthers’ annual pro day and that included general manager Kevin Colbert and offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Headlining the Wednesday pro day were guard Dorian Johnson, quarterback Nathan Peterman, tackle Adam Bisnowaty, running back James Conner, edge rusher Ejuan Price and tight end Scott Orndoff.
According to Gil Brandt of NFL.com, Johnson didn’t do anything because of a hamstring injury. Additionally, while Peterman stood on his combine numbers, he did go through a workout as did Conner, who ran the short shuttle in 4.31 seconds and the three-cone in 7.41 seconds. Orndoff, by the way, slightly bettered his 40-yard-dash time, according to Brandt.
After the Pittsburgh pro day had concluded, Peterman reportedly said he will meet with Steelers in April. He’s expected to be selected somewhere during the second day of the draft after throwing for 5,142 yards and 47 touchdowns during his two seasons with Pittsburgh.
As for Conner, another player the Steelers might be interested in, his courageous backstory certainly doesn’t need to be recapped by me but his rushing stats probably do. Conner rushed for 3,733 yards and 52 touchdowns during his Pittsburgh career that also included him catching 30 passes for another 412 yards and four touchdowns.
Orndoff, who the Steelers showed some interest in at the combine, the 6-4 tight end caught 58 passes for 897 yards and 123 touchdowns during his time at Pittsburgh with 35 of those receptions and five scores coming last season. Orndoff figures to be selected late if he’s drafted at all.