Rocket scientist: The Steelers went for depth at quarterback in the fourth round with the selection of Joshua Dobbsfrom Tennessee. Dobbs, the first quarterback the Steelers have drafted since selecting Landry Jonesin the fourth round in 2013, doesn’t just bring football savvy to the table, but also brings smarts as he majored in aerospace engineering.
“He has a lot of strengths,” said quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner. “A lot of people are going to talk about his above the neck. I think one of the things that happens when you get to meet the guys, and spend time during the process, you get a chance to feel their love for the game. This is a very sharp young man that loves football.”
Secondary matters: The team addressed the secondary for the second time in the draft with the selection of Utah cornerback Brian Allenin the fifth round. Allen joins cornerback Cameron Sutton, one of the team’s third round picks, in a secondary that has gotten a youthful infusion the last two years.
“He is a tall, physical corner,” said defensive backs Carnell Lake of Allen. “He has very good skills playing the football. He hasn’t played the position very long, but has shown a real knack. A lot of upside with this player.”
- It’s a snap: It’s not often a long snapper is selected in the NFL Draft, but the Steelers felt good enough about Louisville’s
Colin Holbato take him in the sixth round.
“Being a specialist, very rarely do guys get drafted,” said Holba. “Just for this to happen, it’s beyond my wildest imagination. I can’t wait to get to Pittsburgh and start working. I know (the Steelers) have Greg Warren. He has been there a while. He is one of the best in the business. I can’t wait to soak up all of the information he has to offer and do all that the coaches tell me to do and work my butt off.
“The Steelers have some of the best special teams in the NFL. I can’t wait to learn and soak up all the information (special teams coordinator Danny Smith) has to offer.”
Feeling the tradition: The Steelers wrapped up the NFL Draft by selecting linebacker Keion Adamsfrom Western Michigan in the seventh round. Adams made a pre-draft visit to the Steelers, and it didn’t take him long to get a feel for what the organization is all about.
“To end up with an organization like the Steelers is a blessing,” said Adams. “It’s crazy how things play out. There is a rich culture, a rich tradition. As soon as I walked into the building you could tell it was a family-oriented culture. The energy and the passion you have for football makes it a wonderful situation to be in. I am beyond excited. It’s hard to put it into words.”