New Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers coach Aaron Curry attended Tulane’s Pro Day Thursday, primarily to watch LB Dorian Williams. But it doesn’t seem like Curry needed to introduce himself. Speaking to reporters after his workout, Williams was asked about a long conversation he had with Curry and what the two were discussing.
“Just talking about different mentalities,” he told reporters courtesy of WGNO. “Going through different visits and what they expect. How they play defense. We’ve had a couple meetings already so it was great to hear from him. Him being able to [offer] a player perspective on how this process is going to go.”
In watching some of the footage of the day, Curry seemed attached to Williams’ hip. When he wasn’t putting him through drills, he was speaking with Williams along the side as other players went through the paces of their workout. Presumably, Williams referring to meetings he had with the team at the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.
Pittsburgh has spent the start of free agency overhauling its inside linebacker room. Robert Spillane signed with Las Vegas, Myles Jack has been released, and Devin Bush is as good as gone while Marcus Allen is officially a free agent. Washington’s Cole Holcomb and Miami’s Elandon Roberts have stepped into the room to join promising second-year linebacker Mark Robinson. But the Steelers still could add a draft pick here. Williams isn’t one of the top names of the class but he’s arguably in its second tier. A potential early fourth round-pick, Williams has enjoyed a nice pre-draft process, showing well at the Senior Bowl and running a sub 4.5-40 at the Combine.
Williams said he didn’t have any Top-30 visits lined up but also smiled and laughed in responding, perhaps a sign he’s keeping that information close to the vest. If Pittsburgh goes in other directions at the top of the draft, focusing on cornerback, defensive line, and offensive tackle, Williams could be the team’s guy to round out the inside linebacker room.
Besides Williams, Tulane teammate and fellow inside linebacker Nick Anderson had a strong Pro Day workout. He jumped well, a 36.5 inch vert and 10’1″ broad, the latter getting him pumped with teammates, and he posted 105 tackles in 2022. A lack of size is a worry, he’s only 5’10, but he sported a Sam Mills’ New Orleans Saints jersey, identifying him as one of his football heroes. He should sign with a team after the draft if his name isn’t called late on Day Three.