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Steelers start signing draft picks

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The Steelers are the latest team to start signing their draft picks.

Pittsburgh is taking a page from Johnny Manziel’s pal Drake and starting from the bottom. They have signed sixth-round defensive tackle Daniel McCullers and seventh-round tight end Rob Blanchflower, the final two picks in their nine-man draft class.

McCullers is a very large man, standing 6-7 and weighing over 350 pounds, and that should make him a contender for an early-down role as a run stuffer on the Steelers front line. McCullers knows that he can’t just rely on size to get him on the field, though.

“Show that I can run to the ball that I do have speed and that I will use it,” McCullers said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Run to the ball. That’s what they’ve wanted me to do from the moment they brought me here.”

Blanchflower had 70 catches for 777 yards and five touchdowns during his career at UMass and will likely find himself competing for time on special teams as a rookie with Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth looking like the top two tight ends.

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22 Responses to “Steelers start signing draft picks”
  1. agpowell2 says: May 19, 2014 9:56 AM

    A Drake reference on PFT.

    He’s everywhere..

  2. pittsburghdamned says: May 19, 2014 11:38 AM

    Run to the ball?!?

    Just lay on your side and make them try to scale you.

    We’ll pour Iron City down on the running backs and throw hot pierogies from your towers.

  3. steelerdeathstar says: May 19, 2014 11:40 AM

    Blanchflower will essentially be competing with David Paulson and Michael Palmer for one…maybe two…spot(s) behind Miller and Spaeth.
    Steelers have a lot of ways to go now at NT. Stick with McLendon there…or McCullers, Thomas, and Fangupo…or maybe some combination therof. Will be interesting to watch…

  4. Steeley McBeam says: May 19, 2014 12:06 PM

    steelerdeathstar says:

    Steelers have a lot of ways to go now at NT. Stick with McLendon there…or McCullers, Thomas, and Fangupo…or maybe some combination therof. Will be interesting to watch…

    ————

    If it wasnt for Tuitt I would say move Mac to DE and start him, McCullers and Heyward. But, Tuitt, Mac and Heyward could certainly be the best 3 football players and warrent the starting defensive line.

    Steelers skill and depth along the DL and LB corps went from a weakness to a strength this offseason. Some of the best training camp battles will be along those two fronts.

    Blanchflower is the only drafted rookie who doesnt make the team is my guess. A far cry from cutting 5th round CB Terry Hawthorne last year.

  5. doctorrustbelt says: May 19, 2014 12:12 PM

    LOL… McCullers!!!

    “WEAKNESSES: Tight hips and struggles to smoothly move laterally, inhibiting his overall range – short-area player…struggles mightily with leverage and often knocked backwards when he allows blockers to get low…extreme weight fluctuation, playing between 350 and 400 pounds since high school…will slow down at contact and doesn’t dominate like his size would suggest…needs to show better snap anticipation and very limited as a pass rusher…struggles to break down in space and needs to be a better finisher when he’s in the area…will clearly take some plays off and disappears from games – looks worn out and not going full-go on each snap, raising questions about his conditioning…not a strong practice player and needs to be more committed to his development – questionable football passion and overall competitive nature…minor durability concerns, dealing with a left hamstring strain.”

    The decline continues.

  6. realmenwearstripes says: May 19, 2014 12:15 PM

    Good luck Steelers. The team will miss the playoffs again this year.
    The Bengals hold all the cards in the division when it comes to talent depth, and the Browns have been very aggressive during free agency and the draft.
    How long will the Pittsburgh faithful tolerate poor decisions by the GM and head coach?

  7. pittspuke7 says: May 19, 2014 12:28 PM

    Didn’t the steelers lose to Tebow in the playoffs and then have been irrelevant ever since? Next story…..

  8. daburgher says: May 19, 2014 12:39 PM

    @pittspuke7
    The amount of effort you put into hating the steelers is absurd. Why would you even take the time if they are irrelevant?

  9. crownofthehelmet says: May 19, 2014 12:48 PM

    Dalton
    WEAKNESSES: chokes, chokes, chokes

    And does anyone else see the irony in someone creating a screenname about a team she says is irrelevant? I guess it’s more accurate to say they’re irrelevant, except to people obsessed with the team.

  10. mikemyditka says: May 19, 2014 12:52 PM

    “realmenwearstripes says:
    May 19, 2014 12:15 PM
    Good luck Steelers. The team will miss the playoffs again this year.
    The Bengals hold all the cards in the division when it comes to talent depth, and the Browns have been very aggressive during free agency and the draft.
    How long will the Pittsburgh faithful tolerate poor decisions by the GM and head coach?”

    Maybe you should wait at least until the Bengals win their first playoff game in 20+ years before you start worrying about how other teams are doing. Just a suggestion.

    Plus, Im sure you recall the last time Cincy won the division and then had to play a first place schedule, it didnt work out so well.

    2009: The Bengals went 10-6 and won the AFC North.

    2010: The Bengals went 4-12 and finished last.

    Yes, Steelers fans arent happy with back to back 8-8 seasons, but it must suck being a Bengals fan, and knowing that the bottom can fall out at any time, and when it does, it gets REAL ugly.

  11. clashpoint says: May 19, 2014 1:03 PM

    I think the Steelers can sign all but their top 3-4 picks without it affecting their cap situation. For the top ones though they will have to wait until after June 2nd when they get the Woodley money. The more I look at them, the more I like this draft class. Go Steelers!

  12. bobzilla1001 says: May 19, 2014 1:14 PM

    The Steelers’ defense will consist of two rookies (Shazier and Tuitt) and one second-year player (Jones) in the starting lineup this season. The Steelers’ D is under construction and will take some time to develop.
    Tuitt is another Notre Dame player who was exposed by Alabama, and Jones had just one sack last season. McCullers — as fascinating as he is — would only make the defense even more inexperienced if he plays.
    Don’t think we should expect much from the defensive side for a couple more seasons. The Steelers are going to have to find a way to score points, lots of points, to be successful in 2014.

  13. crownofthehelmet says: May 19, 2014 2:49 PM

    “The Steelers are going to have to find a way to score points, lots of points, to be successful in 2014.”

    Then thank goodness we have Big Ben.

  14. bobzilla1001 says: May 19, 2014 4:06 PM

    Yeah, having the QB of an offense that’s unable to climb into the top 15 in scoring is such a relief…

  15. stoogy says: May 19, 2014 9:59 PM

    Ben is mediocre. Always has been. Product of the almighty media.

  16. clashpoint says: May 20, 2014 2:35 AM

    I think the advancement of the offensive line under Mike Munchak will do more for the offense than anything else. Ben hasn’t had a good one to play behind in many years. I think the Steelers will actually have a good run game this year, that will make a huge difference. Plus, when they finally gave Ben more power to call plays at the line of scrimmage suddenly the protection got a lot better. If you think that 7 sacks in the last 7 games didn’t have anything to do with Ben calling more plays, you weren’t paying attention. Expect the offense to be very improved – and the defense won’t be as bad as many trolls and critics think, either.

  17. jtbsteeler says: May 20, 2014 5:00 AM

    2013 Ravens offense was ranked 30th

    2013 Bungles were destroyed by the Steelers and Huber paid the price. We have a history of making the bungles pay the price.

    In Dalton I trust.

  18. jtbsteeler says: May 20, 2014 5:02 AM

    If you want to talk mediocre lets look at Joe “jumpball 50/50 chance” Flacco.

    End of discussion.

  19. tinytoolalldrool says: May 20, 2014 6:58 AM

    Interesting draft by the whole division.

  20. mitchitized says: May 20, 2014 7:08 AM

    After swinging and missing for a few consecutive drafts, the pressure could not be higher for recent drafts to be successful.

    Here’s to the 2014 class quickly earning the right to be on the field, and contributing in a very big way.

  21. stoogy says: May 20, 2014 8:59 PM

    Jumpball Joe is a SB MVP. Your man-crush will never see another SB let alone win that award. End of discussion baby girl.

  22. stoogy says: May 20, 2014 9:15 PM

    Hey jt,

    Do you remember when the bungles destroyed the steelers hopes of making the playoffs in their own backyard? Do you remember when the ravens won the SB? Do you remember when Tim Tebow and the broncos eliminated the steelers from the playoffs? In ben I trust. To hold the ball too long. GO STEELERS.

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