“If these guys help us win a championship, then it worked out,” Colbert said. “That’s the only way we can evaluate a class.”
It’s going to be a couple of seasons before this year’s draft class can be judged, but after the Steelers’ mini-camp over the weekend, the sports scribes have made their first observations.
Second round pick Sean Davis appears to been the most vocal. Davis played safety during camp and was also on the field in the nickel defense when he was asked to cover receivers as a corner. “Once you see the pads come on, you are going to see a whole other me,” he told reporters.
Davis, who was assigned Burns as his roommate during the camp added, “Right now, me and Artie are having a ball. We talk football and study the playbook at night, so we are just having fun.
Everything happens so fast on the field that I feel like if we have chemistry off the field it will help us play fast on the field. I am looking forward to build chemistry with Artie on learning about him on and off the field so we can make plays on the field.”
“My goal is to just help out with the team, contribute wherever I can, whether that’s on the nickel, a starter, special teams. I do have a personal mindset that I feel like I’m the best guy out here, even as a rookie. I’m not going to take a backseat to anybody.”
About Davis, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert observed, “He will line up at safety but he will also be able to match up on some of the bigger receivers and tight ends so we’re excited about that.”
Dale Lolley of the Observer wrote, “the Steelers like undrafted rookie receiver Canaan Severin, and he’s an interesting story.”
The Steelers gave the Virginia product Heath Miller’s number 83 jersey and the 6-2, 205-pound receiver does a nice job of filling it out. Severin also knows all about this good history the Steelers have had recently with Virginia players. His position coach in college, Marques Haggans, was Miller’s quarterback in college and used to bring Miller in to talk to his group.
He also knew all about James Farrior and what he meant to the Steelers, as well. Severin’s 40 time is listed at 4.59 and I’ve also seen him listed at 215 pounds, which, having seen him, looks a lot closer to the truth.
He’s a big receiver with decent speed and someone to keep an eye on moving forward.
The Steelers signed four players who attended the camp. They added running backs Brandon Brown-Dukes and Cameron Stingily, wide receiver Markus Tucker and 29-year-old cornerback Donald Washington, who will turn 30 the day after the Steelers report to training camp. Washington was a fourth-round pick of the Chiefs in 2009 out of Ohio State and played four years in Kansas City at safety.