Steelers select four in NFL Draft final day

Posted on Apr 29 2017 - 8:35pm by Rachael McKriger
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The NFL Draft has officially come to a close.

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished the draft by selecting four more players. The Steelers held the No. 135, No. 173, No. 213, and No. 248 overall picks.

With the No. 135 pick, the Steelers elected to pass up on University of Pittsburgh quarterback Nathan Peterman and select University of Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs.

At the NFL Combine, Dobbs recorded a 4.64 second 40-yard dash, 33-inch vertical jump and 122-inch broad jump.

During his career at Tennessee, Dobbs led the team to a 23-12 record as the starter. He rushed for 2,160 yards, which was the most on school history. Dobbs also set school records for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, scoring 32 touchdowns.

He finished his career with 7,138 passing yards. Mark Dulgerian spoke on the Steelers newest quarterback.

“The Steelers offense essentially stalled when Ben Roethlisberger was out last season, so drafting a serviceable backup was essential for the playoff contenders,” Dulgerian said. “Dobbs is an athletic developmental quarterback whose flashes in college suggest he could carve out a career as a dynamic backup with spot-starter potential.”

With the No. 173 pick, the Steelers drafted Brian Allen, a defensive back from Utah.

Allen featured at the NFL Combine where he recorded a 4.48 second 40-yard dash, 15 bench press reps, 34.5-inch vertical jump and a 117-inch broad jump.

At Utah Allen starred in 42 games – starting 12 – and finished with 62 tackles (44 solo), five interceptions and 14 pass deflections.


“The Steelers add depth to their defensive sub-packages with this pick,” Dulgerian said. “Allen brings length and ball skills to a meddling secondary”

With the No. 213 pick, the Steelers selected Colin Holba, a long-snapper from Louisville.

Holba, who will likely be the successor for Greg Warren, recorded a 5.19 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, as well as a 28-inch vertical jump and a 115-inch broad jump.

During the 2015 and 2016 seasons, Holba started every game for Louisville as their long snapper.

According to NFL Draft expert Lance Zierlein, Holba had “the placement and velocity necessary to be considered as a late-round pick in the draft.”

With their last pick, the No. 248 pick, the Steelers selected linebacker Keion Adams from Western Michigan.

Adams did not participate in the NFL Combine. However, Zierlein compared him to the Steelers’ own linebacker Arthur Moats.

At Western Michigan, Adams appeared in 50 matches, recording 124 tackles (71 solo), five forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 14.5 sacks.

“Adams could be a surprise 7th-rounder to survive the Steelers final cuts thanks in part to his fit as a 34 rush linebacker, a priority position for Pittsburgh,” Dulgerian said.

The Steelers also signed nine free agents who didn’t hear their name called at the NFL Draft. There are few locals with two players from the University of Pittsburgh – Scott Orndoff and Terrish Web – and two from West Virginia University – Rushel Shell (who went to local high school, Hopewell) and Christian Brown.

Other players to sign a free agent/future deal were Nelson Adams (Mississippi State), Ethan Cooper (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), Francis Kallon (Georgia Tech), Keith Kelsey (Louisville) and Nick Schuessler (Clemson).


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