Scouting Reports: Newest Steelers

Scouting reports on some of the newest Pittsburgh Steelers who have been signed and assigned to NFL Europe.

Name Matt Farrior School Florida
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 235 40: 4.82 Pos: MLB

Bio: Posted tackling numbers of 51/1/0 as a senior after 9 tackles the previous season when he primarily saw action on special teams.

Pos: Good sized linebacker who likes to get involved in the action. Quick to locate the ball, redirects well to the action and pursues well laterally. Breaks down well, uses his hands to stay off blocks and squares into tackles. Efficient, takes good angles to the play and does not waste movement.

Neg: Possesses only marginal pass defense skills, hesitant and slow tracking the pass in the air. Does not get great depth on his drops nor show top sideline-to-sideline range.

Analysis: Farrior is a solid run defending linebacker that will be best in the middle of a three-four defense. Could be a back-up at the next level and solid special teams player.

Name: Lewis Moore School Pittsburgh 
Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 234 40: 4.82 Pos: OLB

Three year starter who led the Panthers with tackling numbers of 137/10.5/4.5 as a senior after junior totals of 94/8/1.

Pos: Solid linebacker prospect with both size and instinct. Diagnoses the action, takes good angles to the ball and does a solid job with his reads. Scrapes well laterally, forceful stacking against the run and strong at the point. Holds his ground against blocks or effectively battles with tight ends between the numbers to defend the throw.

Neg: Does not flash on the scene nor is he an explosive defender. Lacks speed to the flanks and on the blitz. Does not stand out in any single aspect.

Analysis: Though his tackling numbers were up as a senior, Moore did not have the campaign many expected. Seemed lackadaisical and as a result will watch his draft stock slip. Could still be effective as a strong side linebacker placed over tight end.

Sam Simmons School: Northwestern
Ht: 5-9 WT: 197 40: 4.52 Pos: WR

Bio: Versatile skill position player that has started for three seasons. Second on the team in receiving last year totaling 50/807/16.1/7, also averaging 15/10.8/1 on punt returns. Team's top pass catcher as a junior when the receiving numbers were 35/474/13.5/5 and punt return totals were 12/14.3/0. Caught 12 passes as a sophomore but made an impact returning punts with 11/15.4/1. Spent most of his freshman year as a return specialist but also saw action at running back.

Pos:  Productive ball handler that could fit into a number of areas at the next level. As a receiver he displays excellent hand/eye coordination, focus and looks the pass in. Catches the ball effectively running full tilt and on the same page as his quarterback. Finds the soft spot in the defense, comes back to the throw and makes himself an available target. Goes over the middle making the difficult reception in traffic. Adjusts well to the pass and looks to pick up positive yardage running after the catch. 

Neg:  Not a big bodied athlete, lacks the strong hands, and though quick, not an explosive ball handler. 

Analysis:  Downgraded because of poor size/speed numbers but has consistently found a way to get the job done and possibly a jack of all trades at the next level that could be used at receiver, a possible third down back and return specialist. Mid Seventh Round.

Name: Lenny Vandermade School USC 
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 270 40: 5.31 Pos: G

Bio: On and off starter who broke in with the first team as a red-shirt freshman. Saw extensive starting action at center early in his career before being moved to left guard.

Pos: Tough, hard working blocker with the ability to play several positions on the line. Explosive at the point, blocks with good lean and stays square. Adequately adjusts to defenders, displays footwork in space and quick hand punch. Strong upper body and rides opponents from their angle of attack.

Neg: Lacks balance, a dominant base and can not finish blocks. Set back by a torn right biceps tendon in 2002 which required surgery to correct.

Analysis: Finishing an up and down career on a high note, Vandermade has the ability to fill several spots at the next level. Looked like a top center prospect early in college yet did a fine job at guard last season. Lacks the natural bulk and size but has the athletic and movement skills for a team like the Broncos who ask their lineman to play in space.

DE nose tackle Bob Dzvonick scouting report will posted when completed.

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