They may have impressed the Steelers at Combine

Here is a list of possible Steeler draft choices who may have helped themselves at the Combine. I've compiled this list from internet sources over the last few days.

The quarterbacks who have moved up are Kyle Boller and David Ragone. Boller showed very impressive arm strength and put up a great forty time. I personally think he has now moved up to 3rd QB on the board. Ragone showed good arm strength and great accuracy, which some people were hoping to see. Boller, if available at pick 27, should be a no-brainer; but Ragone has now moved up to the bottom of Round 1.

The only running back who improved his stock was Justin Fargas. The 6-1 219 lb. RB blew the scouts away with a 4.3 forty. He has moved himself up to the Second Round and might be a Sleeper Pick for the Steelers, especially if Jerome Bettis is not retained.

The only need at WR is perhaps a true burner, and 3 guys seem to fit. First there is Tyrone Calico from Mid Tennessee State. The 6-3 227 lb. receiver ran a blistering 4.3 forty. The second would be Ryan Hoag, from small Gustavous Adolphus, who ran a 4.42 forty and showed good hands. The final guy is Utah State's Kevin Curtis, who ran under a 4.5 forty and caught absolutely everything in site.

The offensive lineman who could be around at #27 is Eric Steinbach. He has been moving up the charts and might be there for the Steelers as a possible left tackle in the pros. Two players who had good combines and might be available to the Steelers later in the draft are Wayne Hunter, the 6-6 299 lb. lineman from Hawaii, or Makoa Fritas, the 6-4 305 lb. lineman from Arizona. Hunter is probably the better prospect, based on his ability to pass block.

On the defensive side, the one lineman who would be an excellent pickup at #27 is Kevin Williams from Oklahoma State, although many don't believe he'll stay on the board that long. His combine performance showed that he is capable of playing in the Steelers 3-4 defense.

If the Steelers are looking to add depth on the outside, there were two players that might be excellent rush linemen - Antwan Peek from Cincinatti and Shurron Pierson from South Florida. Both players ran under a 4:6 forty and both showed the ability to drop into coverage.

Of course the secondary needs addressed, and the one guy who moved up the board as a potential 27th pick was Dennis Weathersby, who ran under a 4:4 forty. Dennis is a big CB and excellent tackler who showed he does have the necessary speed to play CB. Another defensive back who improved his stock at the Combine was Kevin Garrett, and he might be an excellent 3rd round pick with his great speed and good coverage skills. He is small but speedy and can make plays. I didn't include safeties in this article because I feel the Steelers will handle that in free agency.

--Steelmann58

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