2023 NFL Draft

Steelers DL Coach Karl Dunbar Attended Western Kentucky Pro Day

A late entry to our Pro Day tracker, Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive line coach Karl Dunbar attended Western Kentucky’s Pro Day on March 30th. Going through footage last night, we spotted Dunbar at the Hilltoppers’ workout, something certainly notable and Dunbar’s third known stop of the Pro Day cycle.

The top name to watch is Brodric Martin, who appears to have an unconfirmed pre-draft visit with the team. Martin has the size of a nose tackle, weighing in at 6045, 337 pounds, though we don’t have any official numbers from his workout. A North Alabama transfer who spent the last two years at WKU, he registered six career tackles for a loss to go along with four sacks. Overall, it’s light production but turning on the tape, Martin has size, length, strength, and a fair amount of athleticism for his frame. More than a one-note run plugger, he plays with heavy hands and nimble feet. We’ll have a full report on Martin before the draft gets started later this month. He’s currently projected to be a late-round pick, but it wouldn’t be a shock to see him selected a bit earlier on Day Three.

Also working out during WKU’s Pro Day was DT Darius Shipp. Hampered by a knee injury, he’s a squatty body at just under 6’1, 300+ pounds, with 10.5 career tackles for a loss and two sacks. But he showed athleticism and burst on tape and could end up in a camp somewhere, though he’s nearly certain to go undrafted.

Positional coach stops are always relevant and important to note this time of year. This cycle, we’ve spotted Dunbar at Clemson, Bowling Green, and Western Kentucky. At Clemson, he had eyes on Bryan Bresee, a possibility at #17, while at Bowling Green, he put Karl Brooks through drills. Pittsburgh has certainly had its eyes on defensive tackles with size and athleticism and Martin is another name who fits the mold.

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