Reeves-Maybin, Malone, Dobbs Selected On Day 3 of NFL Draft

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PHILADELPHIA — VFLs Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Josh Malone and Joshua Dobbs were selected in Saturday’s fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval.

The Detroit Lions selected Reeves-Maybin with the 124th pick. The Cincinnati Bengals selected Malone with the 128th pick. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Dobbs with the 135th pick, giving them two Vols (they picked Cameron Sutton at No. 94 on Friday) in their 2017 draft class.

With Dobbs’ selection in the fourth round, Tennessee now has six players picked in the first four rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. That marks the most Vols picked in the first four rounds since 2002 when John Henderson, Donte’ Stallworth and Albert Haynesworth went in the first round, Fred Weary and Will Overstreet went in the third and Travis Stephens went in the fourth.

2017 NFL DRAFT RECAP
Round 1, pick 14 – Philadelphia Eagles select Derek Barnett
Round 3, pick 67 – New Orleans Saints select Alvin Kamara
Round 3, pick 94 – Pittsburgh Steelers select Cameron Sutton
Round 4, pick 124 – Detroit Lions select Jalen Reeves-Maybin
Round 4, pick 128 – Cincinnati Bengals select Josh Malone
Round 4, pick 135 – Pittsburgh Steelers select Joshua Dobbs

Detroit Lions Select Reeves-Maybin at No. 124

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PHILADELPHIA — The Detroit Lions selected former Tennessee linebacker and VFL Jalen Reeves-Maybin with the 124th overall pick during Saturday’s fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval.

Reeves-Maybin is the 21st Vol to be drafted by the Detroit Lions. Entering today, last Vol to be drafted by the Lions was Terry Fair, who went No. 20 overall in 1998.

The Lions selected Reeves-Maybin with a pick that they acquired from the New England Patriots along with the 96th overall selection in exchange for Detroit’s 85th pick. The Patriots had previously acquired the 124th in a trade with the Tennessee Titans.

Reeves-Maybin is the first Tennessee linebacker selected in the NFL Draft since the Patriots selected Jerod Mayo with the 10th overall pick in 2008.

Reeves-Maybin played in only four games in 2016 due to a shoulder injury that ended his season on Oct. 18. He posted 20 tackles and two tackles for loss in those four games. Reeves-Maybin posted 100-tackle seasons in 2014 and 2015. He enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign in 2014 with 101 stops, 2.0 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception. In 2015, Reeves-Maybin tallied 105 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 14 TFLs, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and four passes broken up. Over his four-year career, Reeves Maybin played in 41 games, recording 240 tackles (149 solo), 7,0 sacks, 27 TFLs, two forced fumbles, four fumbles recovered, one interception and four pass breakups.

Detroit Lions Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin

(On his draft experience and who he expected to select him)
“You know, it’s a long process and you don’t really know who’s going to contact you. So just kind of sitting around with some family that’s close to me, waiting on that call and when the number popped up I kind of knew who it was.”

(On how much contact he had with the Lions during the pre-draft process)
“I had some contact with them through the process. It wasn’t like anything, a straight number of visits or nothing. I never came up there. I definitely thought they were interested in me and I was very fortunate.”

(On the status of his recent shoulder injury)
“It’s doing really good. It kind of bothered me this past year, but it’s behind me now and I’m just looking forward to the season and getting to play football.”

(On why he insisted on playing special teams in college)
“My freshman year I struggled a little bit kind of breaking it in on defense. I started making plays on special teams and I feel like that was something that our whole team identified with over my four years. It was kind of all fall in on special teams. It just feels like something that was a part of me. On certain units I feel like there was no one that could play the position better than me.”

(On if special teams experience gives him an advantage when trying to win a roster spot in the NFL)
“I’m hoping that it will pay off, but it’s going to be a new experience. So I’m going to have to learn new things, but I definitely have the mindset and the willingness to be on all specials stuff.”

(On which linebacker position his defensive skills match best)
“It doesn’t really matter to me. I’ve always prided myself on just being a well-rounded football player, no matter what it was. I don’t know how much you all know about me, but I was a high school quarterback, so I just always prided myself on being able to play everything on the football field. Wherever position they put me in, no matter what linebacker spot, I feel like I can compete.”

(On the impact his father had on his athletic development having been a former Louisville basketball player)
“It’s really funny. My dad’s whole side of the family is athletes. My cousin is actually Cameron Maybin, who the (Detroit) Tigers drafted coming out of high school. I guess they got rid of him.”

(On if he ever made it to Detroit for Tigers game)
“Me and Cameron, we have a really good relationship. He’s from North Carolina, I grew up in Tennessee, but we’re still pretty close. He actually sent me a text, so I’m definitely going to have to hit him up to tell me about Detroit.”

(On if he played baseball growing up)
“Yeah, I played baseball my whole life growing up. I was a pretty good baseball player, but I just stopped playing because my love for football was so strong. I definitely played baseball my whole life.”

(On what it was like with being with his family after he was drafted)
“Just relief, I just know that I can’t take anything for granted. Just seeing my dad, how he dealt with his life and things like that, I’m really a person who always stayed focus. I try not to get too down on myself and I’m obviously going to put my best foot forward. I think my mom and my dad both have prepared me for any type of struggles in life.”

(On the positions he played in baseball)
“I played third base and outfield mostly.”

(On how he feels about playing with another SEC linebacker in LB Jarrad Davis)
“I love it. I’m a fan of Jarrad Davis. We played them every year at Florida. I can definitely tell it’s going to be a lot of competition between me and him, probably. Not even on the field, just off the field stuff because of the Florida-Tennessee thing. I’m definitely excited to get around him more and develop that relationship.”

(On where he gains his football intelligence)
“Man, I don’t know. I’ve studied the game. I’ve always been a fan of football more so than a football player. I was studying, watching the game. Playing quarterback in high school allowed me to see a lot of things. Some of it I just can’t account for, just instincts and some of it is just my gift. I definitely think I pay attention to the game a lot closer than a lot of people around me and it allows me to stay ahead.”

(On which football player he was a fan of growing up)
“I was more so a college football fan, I would say so. My favorite football player growing up was actually LaDainian Tomlinson.”

(On what his relationship with his cousin and former Detroit Tiger Cameron Maybin has meant to him)
“It’s been a lot, just seeing him, his success. I mean, even since high school he was the kind to always coach us to stay out of trouble, always hung out with me. He wasn’t like the cool, older guy who was just too good for me. Whenever I came to town he always spent time with me. Probably the coolest thing, actually, was one time it was a workout for some MLB teams when I was younger and he was like hitting and stuff and I got to go out on the field, field balls and stuff. So that was cool when I was at a young age. I’ve definitely been watching him my whole life and just trying to get to his level of success.”

(On where Cameron Maybin’s tryout was)
“It was in North Carolina. It wasn’t really a tryout. I guess it was more so just a workout.”

(On if he was a Detroit Tigers fan because of Cameron Maybin)
“Yeah, I’m a fan of wherever he’s at.”

VOLS DRAFTED BY DETROIT LIONS

Portsmouth Spartans 1930-33 
Detroit Lions 1934-Pres.

1940: Jim Rike – C, 4th Rd, 46th pick

1944: Bob Cifers – B, 2nd Rd, 14th pick

1945: Russ Morrow – C, 24th Rd, 247th pick

1947: Bill Hillman – B, 27th Rd, 246th pick

1949: Al Russas – E, 13th Rd, 122nd pick

1951: Jimmy Hill – B, 15th, 178th pick

1952: Hank Lauricella – B, 17th Rd, 202nd pick

1955: Darris McCord – T, 3rd Rd, 36th pick

1955: Pat Oleksiak – B, 18th Rd, 216th pick

1956: Tom Tracy – B, 5th Rd, 50th pick

1957: John Gordy – T, 2nd Rd, 24th pick

1959: Carl Smith – B, 9th Rd, 101st pick

1959: Lebron Shields – T, 22nd Rd, 256th pick

1967: Paul Naumoff – LB, 3rd Rd, 60th pick

1970: Herman Weaver – P, 9th Rd, 227th pick

1983: Mike Cofer – DE, 3rd Rd, 67th pick

1984: Glenn Streno – C, 12th Rd, 327th pick

1990: Tracy Hayworth – LB, 7th Rd, 174th pick

1994: Shane Bonham – DT, 3rd Rd, 93rd pick

1998: Terry Fair – DB, 1st Rd, 20th pick

2017: Jalen Reeves-Maybin – LB, 4th Rd, 124th pick

Cincinnati Bengals Select Malone at No. 128

PHILADELPHIA — The Cincinnati Bengals selected former Tennessee wide receiver and VFL Josh Malone with the 128th overall pick during Saturday’s fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval.

Malone is the 10th Vol to be selected by the Bengals and the fourth receiver to be picked by the franchise, joining Tim McGee (first round, 21st overall in 1986), Carl Pickens (second round, 31st overall in 1992) and Kelley Washington (third round, 65th overall in 2003).

Malone is the first UT wide receiver to be picked in the NFL Draft since 2013 when Cordarrelle Patterson was selected in the first round (29th pick) by the Minnesota Vikings and Justin Hunter went to the Tennessee Titans in the second round (34th pick).

Malone ran an outstanding 4.40 in his 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was good for the third-best time among receivers. His 4.40 40-yard time was the fastest time by a Vol since VFL Robert Meachem clocked a 4.39 in at the 2007 NFL Scouting Combine.

In 2016, Malone posted career and team highs of 50 receptions, 972 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. His 972 receiving yards rank 10th in Tennessee single-season history and were the most by a Vol since Justin Hunter had 1,083 in 2012. He ranked third in the SEC in both receiving yards and touchdowns. His 11 receiving touchdowns tied for the third-most in UT history and were the most since Robert Meachem had 11 in 2006. Malone’s 19.4 yards per reception also set a new UT single-season record for receivers with a minimum of 50 catches. He finished his UT career with 104 receptions for 1,608 yards and 14 touchdowns and declared for the NFL Draft on Jan. 3.

Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Josh Malone

“I feel like I’m a big target, and I also feel like I’m a balanced wide receiver. I pride myself on just being technically sound and just getting open. So hopefully I can be a big guy for them on third down, or if they need a big guy in the red zone to go get it, I can be another one of those guys for them.”

VOLS DRAFTED BY CINCINNATI BENGALS

Cincinnati Bengals 1967-Pres.

·         1968: Bob Johnson – C, 1st Rd, 2nd pick

·         1968: Dewey Warren – QB, 6th Rd, 155th pick

·         1974: Haskel Stanback – RB, 5th Rd, 114th pick

·         1981: Hubert Simpson – RB, 10th Rd, 258th pick

·         1985: Carl Zander – LB, 2nd Rd, 43rd pick

·         1986: Tim McGee – WR, 1st Rd, 21st pick

·         1986: David Douglas – G, 8th Rd, 204th pick

·         1992: Carl Pickens – WR, 2nd Rd, 31st pick

·         2003: Kelley Washington – WR, 3rd Rd, 65th pick

·         2017: Josh Malone – WR, 4th Rd, 128th pick

 

Pittsburgh Steelers Select Dobbs at No. 135

PHILADELPHIA — The Pittsburgh Steelers selected former Tennessee quarterback and VFL Joshua Dobbs with the 135th overall pick during Saturday’s fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at Eakins Oval.

Dobbs is the first Tennessee quarterback drafted since 2010 when the San Diego Chargers selected Jonathan Crompton in the fifth round with the 168th pick. As the 135th overall selection, Dobbs is also the highest-drafted Vols QB since 1998 when the Indianapolis Colts took Peyton Manning with the No. 1 overall pick.

Dobbs is the 19th Vol to be selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers and the second in this year’s class, joining teammate Cameron Sutton, who the team took on Friday in the third round with the 94th overall pick. He also joins Tee Martin (fifth round, 163rd overall in 2000) as the only two Tennessee quarterbacks drafted by the Steelers.

With Dobbs’ selection in the fourth round, Tennessee now has six players picked in the first four rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. That marks the most Vols picked in the first four rounds since 2002 when John Henderson, Donte’ Stallworth and Albert Haynesworth went in the first round, Fred Weary and Will Overstreet went in the third and Travis Stephens went in the fourth.

Dobbs enjoyed the best season of his distinguished Tennessee career in 2016, completing 63.0 percent of his passes with career highs of 2,946 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also rushed for Tennessee quarterback records of 831 yards and 12 touchdowns on 150 carries. In SEC games, Dobbs’ 151.5 passer efficiency rating, 23 total offensive touchdowns, 316.9 total offensive yards per game and 8.6 yards per attempt led the league. He earned All-SEC honors and will compete in the 2017 Reese’s Senior Bowl on Jan. 28. Dobbs, who was one of four team captains in 2016, was one of the key leaders in Tennessee’s program turnaround over the past four years. He finished his UT career with a 23-12 record as a starter and his 9,360 yards of total offense (7,138 passing, 2,160 rushing, 62 receiving) rank third in Tennessee history.

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin

(On Joshua Dobbs)
“He’s a smart guy. He is driven in all of the right ways. He is properly motivated. He has got natural leadership skills. A lot has been written about his academic prowess, but I think he carries that same mentality in how he approaches football. We just see that there is a lot of upside in this young man. He has been in competitive circumstances before. He has prevailed. He has come out the other side. We are just really excited not only about what he has done, but we believe that there is a strong upside there. We are talking about a young guy who is really excited to get coached from day to day from a positional standpoint and be exposed to our professional football offense.”

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback Joshua Dobbs

(On talking with Ben Roethlisberger when he visited the Steelers)
“It was a very good exchange. I was sitting down watching some film in the quarterback room. It was cool to see him stop in. He just stopped in to say help briefly. It was really cool to see him in person. He is a great quarterback. I am excited to get the chance to learn from him and be able to take in as much as I possibly can from him.”

(On if he had the Steelers on his radar)
“I did. It was funny, I had a couple of friends over and my parents. We were looking at the pick order. I saw Pittsburgh up there, probably 15 picks ago. And I was like, “Pittsburgh, that will be the one. Stayed tuned to Pittsburgh.” Two picks before the pick, I got the call from a 412 area code and it was Coach Tomlin on the phone. It’s amazing. It’s truly a dream come true, the opportunity. God works in mysterious ways, but I am definitely excited to be a part of the Steelers.”

(On his internship designing aircraft engines for Pratt & Whitney and the U.S. Government)
“That is true. I was in Florida, working on the F-135 engine in the fighter jets. This was a couple of months before the aircraft actually went into action, but there was flight testing. It was a really great opportunity to branch out and learn about the aerospace industry and the most technologically advanced engine ever created, to this day. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

(On his recommendations to make the engine better)
“[Laughs] At that point I was just in the learning process. I didn’t have any recommendations, because I was just learning how the whole engine worked, everything that went into testing and everything they were doing regarding how they developed the engine as they pushed towards certification. I learned a lot about that and the engineering world.”

(On balancing school and football)
“It’s great to have an engineering degree, because just the preparation and the mental aptitude and mental toughness that it takes to push through four years in college, pursuing an aerospace engineering degree with a business minor, and playing division one SEC Football, that’s the same amount of pressure you have to take on the field as a quarterback. And the preparation day-to-day, and the constant trying to find every detail that is going to give you a good, competitive edge on Sunday. It’s the same mindset that you have in the classroom that you take into the film room and then onto the field.”

(On his strengths and where he could improve)
“No. 1, my leadership and being a consistent leader each and every day, and positively impacting my teammates on and off the field. No. 2, the physicality that it takes to be successful at the next level, from my competitive spirit and my arm strength and accuracy, and to my footwork, and understanding the play calling and what the coaches are trying to get out of you each and every play. Just being a coach and a field general. And No. 3, my consistency, pushing to be great and pushing to win. That’s what I want to do at the end of the day, compete and win. That’s my mindset. I am just excited to bring that to the Steelers.”

(On why he wants to play football, considering his successful academic background)
“I don’t feel like your academic background should prohibit you from playing football. I love the game of football. I have loved it since I played it when I was five. My mom signed me up at five years old, when we were running around in helmets bigger than your body. Football is all I know. Going to college, I could have played football or baseball, but I chose football because that was the sport I couldn’t see myself not playing. I love the game. I give it all, every time I step onto the field. It’s great to have a backup plan for 15 years down the road when I can’t play football. But until that day, I am giving it all to the sport I love. I will definitely do that each and every day.”

(On possibly being Ben Roethlisberger’s replacement)
“I am not trying to replace anyone. I am just trying to be the best I can be each and every day. Show up and work. Learn as much as I can from a future Hall of Famer. It’s definitely an amazing opportunity. Each day I am working and preparing like I am a starter, but also treating it as a learning opportunity so that whenever my number is called, I am ready to go, ready to play and ready to play at a high level.”

(On the similarities between this offense and his college offense)
“There are a lot of similarities, being able to come up to Pittsburgh. I spent some time with the coaching staff and watched some plays. It’s similar plays and lingo that I was familiar with at the college level, similar progressions. Of course, the Steelers are going to draw up different plays for different people, get Antonio Brown the ball. But at the end of the day, it’s similar progressions, similar thought process that goes into being successful at quarterback. Of course there is going to be a learning curve and whatever you have to do to make yourself polished at the professional level, but it’s still in the same category of the stuff I have been doing at the college level, so I feel better prepared to make that jump successfully.”

(On limiting the fumbles when running)
“Have to take care of the football. Have to be smart. Make sure you hold it high and tight. Hold your dreams, goals and aspirations moving forward, and achieve that. Committing less turnovers gives you a higher chance to win. It’s all about the ball, and you have to protect it.”

(On UT and Steelers teammate Cameron Sutton)
“That’s my guy. We walked in freshman year of college. We are both from Georgia. We actually played fourth grade football against each other. He won one. I won one. So we are 1-1 on opposite ends. We were roommates our freshman year. We created a great relationship. We were able to become leaders at Tennessee, on and off the field. I saw him get drafted yesterday. I was so excited for him. I am definitely excited to come join him. He was one of the first people that called me after I got drafted. We knew we are going to be back together, and we weren’t going to be broken up. It’s definitely very exciting to see a familiar face, a great teammate and a great friend and brother with me in Pittsburgh.”

(On his position in baseball)
“I played shortstop and third base.”

Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterbacks Coach Randy Fichtner

(Opening Statement)
“Obviously I am excited about the opportunity to strengthen our room. I got a chance to meet Josh a couple weeks ago; I think it was April 3rd. I visited with him at the combine for a little bit. He is a super young man, talented, checks a lot of boxes, a winning quarterback. He did a nice job in fourth quarter wins. I believe he had five in the last two years. Lot of strengths, obviously, a lot of people are going to talk about his above the neck is strong no question. I don’t know if I’m in that category as far as he is with his mind, but we definitely hit it off. I think one of the things that happen when you get to meet the guy and you spend time throughout this process is you get a chance to feel their love for the game. I think this a very sharp young man who loves football. That is unique. To be as sharp as he is, to be as accomplished as he is, and this is what he chose to do. I am excited about that as we move forward.”

(On if it it is hard knowing that players are smarter than coaches)
“Aerospace engineering, I think he has already worked on his business degree, I mean he is very accomplished.”

(On why he felt the team needed to add a quarterback in this draft)
“Well, we evaluate a lot of the quarterbacks. I think you are always trying to better yourselves in the room. Regardless of what Ben Roethlisberger is doing, just to throw that out there. Whether he plays five more years, six more years, I tease him all the time saying we have to go eight. That’s irrelevant. It’s a matter of strengthening the room, finding some characteristics that he can bring to the Steelers that we value to make us better. I think our room just gets competitive. That’s always a good thing. You are looking for competition and it just happens that it fell at quarterback this year. It’s been awhile. Like I said when I walked in, I have only been in here one time in 11 years. Landry was about five years ago.”

(On fumbles)
“There’s always going to be a number of favors. First and foremost you are always going to look at fumbles that don’t have to be caused. Ball security in the pocket, he has big enough hands to play in AFC in this football that we play here. He has big enough hands, he is strong enough but you are talking about an athletic runner. They asked him to run to be a part of the run game at certain times. I think it’s not a complete spread where he is asked to run every fifth play or is running a whole bunch of run pass options. You definitely get a chance to see him in the pocket. He is definitely an athletic quarterback at 6’3, who can extend plays, willing to extend plays. So now you are in a position where some of the fumbles might occur. I’m not sure that is a stat that is lost though. Again, sometimes when you are talking about shotgun, you are doing meshes and things like that, the ball is on the ground and next thing you know it’s the quarterback responsible and he is the one who is guaranteed to fumble. But obviously, those will be things you always talk about, those are things we work individual. Ball security is a must. Anytime you are a developing backup quarterbacks for the Pittsburgh Steelers, you have to protect the football”

(On the challenges of a quarterback learning to take snaps under center)
“He’s been exposed to some under-center-football. They’ve asked him to do some of that, so it isn’t going to be foreign to him like it will be for a handful of guys that have already been drafted to this point. One of the things these guys do as soon as their season is over, they work toward working under center the whole time, so if you go to their pro day, they’re under center. They’re going to try and prove to you and show you the coach, the general manager, the head coach, all the scouts that, `Hey, I can do this and you don’t have to worry about.’ Any of the quarterback coaches that work with these guys from the time their season is over until the draft, they know that if it’s an emphasis they haven’t had, then they’re going to put them in those situations. So we would have gotten a chance to see him even at their pro day do these types of things.”

(On if the comparisons between Dobbs and Dak Prescott are accurate)
“Well I think you go comparisons because you’re talking about guys that can throw for x-amount of touchdowns in the SEC and rush for x-amount of touchdowns in the SEC and he’s one of those guys. I was at Dak’s workout a year ago and you’re talking about an athletic guy. We might even be saying the same thing potentially about the fumble numbers okay, because we’re talking about guys that extend that create to make plays and Joshua is in that category. He’s capable of doing that.”

(On how big of a deal is arm strength as in the NFL)
“I think it’s a must. We all talk about it. I’ve coached guys at different levels and it’s been unique to see because you see guys that can understand the game and make very quick decisions and the ball comes out. And if that arm strength isn’t elite like Ben (Roethlisberger), like Byron Leftwich, like a handful of guys in this league that have that kind of arm, you have to win above the neck and the ball has to come out on time. Decisions have to be made and you’re talking about delivery and getting the ball out. So to me, it starts with arm strength, but I’ve been able to see others that didn’t necessarily have that elite arm be very successful in their system.”

(On how he rates Dobbs’ arm)
“I’d say it’s very good, very good, strong, very good. There aren’t many throws that we would ask him to make that I haven’t already seen him do on tape.”

(On Dobbs’ accuracy and decision making)
“I think that’s two different questions. I think accuracy is very good. I want to say – so I don’t speak out – I think he’s a career plus-60, 61, 62, 63 percent passer. Again, you’re talking some play-action-type things where you’re throwing the ball down the yard. You noticed and you probably even saw some of the highlights of him, pushing the ball down the field. His offense isn’t built on a ton of the bubble screens and all just wide-receiver-type screens, so accuracy is to me, within a pattern how well does he get the ball out, making decision, but it’s also is he putting the intended receiver in position to be able to catch the football? And generally he does.”

(On having him ready to start)
Tomorrow. We take everyone in the room and that’s what we’re working on. I’m not going to coach him any different than I’m going to coach Ben Roethlisberger and the expectations aren’t going to change for him. I know that sounds like an answer you don’t want to here, but the truth is, that’s it. His growth will start as soon as we get out of here and I get the chance to get him on the phone again. Again, I got to visit with him a couple weeks back, we spent a couple of hours in here and Ben didn’t meet him. Like I said, that will all go as he goes, too. But we’re going to get an opportunity to go into rookie minicamp, and we’re going to fire a lot at him. I think he made a comment before that there probably aren’t too many playbooks he’s real nervous about not being able to understand. But the truth is, it will be different. It will be a different system, the tempo will be totally different in the practice and the looks he’s going to see are going to be totally unique and different than what he’s probably been exposed to. So that learning curve still exists.”

(On his deep-ball accuracy)
“You see him make those plays. Again, you see a couple of the highlighted ones late in games when he made game-winning throws. We’re blessed because Ben is one of those deep-ball throwers–that’s unique. He’s really good at it. And I think if you’re asking about one trait that you would love to have when you’re looking at our wide receiver group, you better be able to throw the deep ball.”

(On if there was anything that stuck out on his visit)
“Like I said, I probably had generally an hour or an hour and a half that might have bled over to two in between all of the interviews and everything he has to do while he’s in this building for that short period of time. And it’s one of those things that happens really fast. And it goes by so quick that you’re like, “Wow. What just happened?” And then he’s leaving, because you enjoy it that much. When you’re around folks like that, it’s fun. And I’m sure you’ve all been out to dinner with somebody or sat with someone and you just talked and three hours just went by, and it was unbelievable. You sit in the same room sometimes and you think, “Wow. I can’t wait for this dinner to be over with.” He’s got that dynamic.”

(On him being Ben’s replacement)
“I would say that right now you would consider first things first–let’s make our room better in competition. Let’s soak up everything Ben has left in the tank, which he can sponge off and learn. Because being with the respect that Ben Roethlisberger has at the level he plays at, it’s unbelievable. And I would expect, and I know because I’ve seen Landry and every quarterback come through here try to sponge off of that. And I would be shocked if Josh isn’t already thinking about that. How much can I pull from this guy every day that he’s on the grass or in a meeting?”

(On his major)
“I guess you could say that. It’s funny because I’m a Memphis guy. You all know I married a Memphis gal. I coached at Memphis for many, many years two different times. DeAngelo Williams is one of my favorites. We’re all blue in our house. This will be the one exception for orange–that I will allow orange to be in our house. I’ll be one of the first to go get one of his jerseys. So I’m excited about having him. And we’ll make an exception for the orange. I’m sure Ramon, Big Dan and Cam are all celebrating. It’s great.”

 

VOLS DRAFTED BY PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Pittsburgh Pirates: 1933-39
Pittsburgh Steelers: 1940-42, 45-Pres.

·         1941: Bob Suffridge – G, 6th Rd, 42nd pick

·         1942: Johnny Butler – B, 7th Rd, 51st pick

·         1944: Jim Meyers – G, 15th Rd, 151st pick

·         1945: Art Brandau – C, 10th Rd, 89th pick

·         1951: Bill Pearman – G, 26th Rd, 309th pick

·         1951: John Gruble – E, 30th Rd, 356th pick

·         1952: Herky Payne – B, 9th Rd, 102nd pick

·         1953: Frank Holohan – T, 10th Rd, 114th pick

·         1954: Bob Fisher – T, 10th Rd, 115th pick

·         1957: Frank Kolinsky – T, 28th Rd, 329th pick

·         1965: Whit Canale – FB, 17th Rd, 227th pick

·         1970: Frank Yanossy – DT, 16th Rd, 392nd pick

·         1978: Craig Colquitt – P, 3rd Rd, 76th pick

·         1987: Joey Clinkscales – WR, 9th Rd, 233nd pick

·         2000: Tee Martin – QB, 5th Rd, 163rd pick

·         2010: Chris Scott – T, 5th Rd, 151st pick

·         2014: Daniel McCullers – DT, 6th Rd, 215th pick

·         2017: Cameron Sutton – DB, 3rd Rd, 94th pick

·         2017: Joshua Dobbs – QB, 4th Rd, 135th pick

 



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