NFL Draft

Report: Steelers Work Out West Virginia WR Gary Jennings Jr.

It seems the Pittsburgh Steelers are showing significant interest in another West Virginia wideout. We already know they’re reportedly high on David Sills but according to this tweet from the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, they recently worked out teammate Gary Jennings Jr. too.

Jennings was a big play threat for the Mountaineers, primarily functioning out of the slot. As a senior, he averaged 17 yards per catch with 13 touchdowns, the latter number ranking sixth in all of college football. Though he rarely found the end zone in 2017, he nearly caught 100 balls for 1096 yards.

In our scouting report of him which we’ll link below, we noted his ability to “find and track the ball well overall downfield, adjusts to its path well, good hands when ball is placed within his frame.”

However, he was able to play in a lot of space for WVU’s spread attack, rarely seeing press and taking advantage of soft zone coverages. We compared him to a poor man’s Parris Campbell. Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert attended his Pro Day.

Jennings ran a 4.42 40 at the Combine with an equally impressive 37 inch vert and 10’7″ broad. He figures to be taken somewhere early on Day Three and at worst, is a 5th round selection. A candidate should the Steelers double-dip a the position. They’ve also shown clear interest in Sills, Notre Dame’s Miles Boykin, and Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry.

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