Gerry Dulac's Steelers chat transcript: 2.26.14

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Gerry Dulac: All right, had a small technical delay. let's get started

Carcosa: So who jumped off the page in Indy for you?

Gerry Dulac: Several guys, including Aaron Donald, who might have ran and lifted himself into a No. 1 pick. He did it all -- production on the field, in one-on-one workouts and in combine testing. WR Mike Evans ran himnself into a top 10 pick, and so did CB Justin Gilbert. Jadeveon Clowney is a freakish athloete but I wouldnt touch him if I were an NFL GM. Just needed to see him for 2 minutes to know he's not a Steelers type player.

Carcosa: Play virtual Colbert: Nix and Evans are both sitting there - who do you take?

Gerry Dulac: They won't even bat an eye, It's not the nose tackle. And lets hope it's not.

Carcosa: What were your thoughts on Clowney and Michael Sam?

Gerry Dulac: I was very impressed with Michael Sam and I hope he gets a shot. But, like Manti Te'o last year, he did not test well, maybe because of the publicity. He will need a good pro day just to get into the fifth round. The opposite is true with Clowney. He tested through the roof, of course, because he's a freakish athlete. But there are a lot of questions about his character and work ethic, and I could quickly see why.

Carcosa: I should've added Gilbert or the Michgan St. kids to that earlier question too ...

Gerry Dulac: You're referring to CB Darqueze Dennard... different type of player than Gilbert. Not as fast, but more physical and maybe a better lock-down guy. He ran a 4.51, which isn't overly fast, and that will keep him out of the top 10. In the NFL, the No. 1 asset a cornerback must possess is speed. All that other stuff is fine, but if your corner can't keep up with their receiver, eventually he will be exposed.

Carcosa: Not that the Steelers need one of course, but which of the top QBs did you like?

Gerry Dulac: Even though he didn't throw, I like Teddy Bridgewater. He is the most NFL ready of the top 3 and has a smooth throwing motion. That being said, none of the top QBs is a top 10 pick, even though three might go in the top 10. they're just the best of a solid class, not spectacular.

steelking: How likely are they to keep worilds, if lost how would they replace him?

Gerry Dulac: I've said this before and I'll say it again -- the Steelers are going to have to overpay to keep Worilds from getting to free agency. Once he gets there, all bets are off. i think it is their intention to re-sign him, but the question is going to be at what price. It might be easy to say, well, they always have Woodley, but he has been unreliable and unproductiuve the past 2 1/2 years and will count a lot of money ($14.8 million) in 2014.

JamesinNYC: Who was the most interesting person you spoke to at Indy and why?

Gerry Dulac: 1. John McClain, Houston Chronicle

2. Johnny Manziel

3. Micxhael Sam

4. Mike Mayock

5. Bruce Arians

JamesinNYC: Michael Sam ran what Jones did last year, his production on the field out weighs the time. What worries me is is he flexible enough to move to OLB in the 3-4? Do you think he would excel at special teams?

Carcosa: Any scenario under which they would let Worilds walk AND cut Woodley and sign or draft someone? And would that be a disaster?

Gerry Dulac: To me, that would be disaster, so I don't see that happening.

Carcosa: Curious, in your many years of combine coverage, who are a few guys that you remember really standing out that did nothing in the pros and conversely, guys who showed little then ended up being superstars (besides Tom Brady, of course)

Gerry Dulac: I don't evaluate them that way because 1) I don't talk to every player, and 2) I'm not a scout or coach who evaluates on ability. But what I can tell you are the things you take away from certain players, things that stand out above them, that make you think they can be special players. And the guys over the years that jump to mind are Mike Iupati, Maurkice Pouncey, Patrick Peterson, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, even Jarvis Jones.

JamesinNYC: Aaron Colvin tore his ACL in the Senior Bowl, would the Steelers consider drafting and stashing him with say a 4th round comp pick? Lord knows rookies don't play anyway.

Gerry Dulac: No.

IVAN: Hello Gerry, I really think The Steelers will be lucky enough that at #15, WR Evans, CB Gilbert and NT Nix will still be on the board. Who would you pick? Best Regards.

Gerry Dulac: I agree, at least with Evans and Gilbert. I've said this many times too -- the Steelers need defensive linemen, but not in the first round. It's a waste of money, and therefore a waste of a No. 1 pick, for the type of system they play. So let's forget Nix. I agree, I'm not sure Evans is going to be available at No. 15, not after the time he ran for a big man. And I think Gilbert will be gone too. So maybe its Kelvin Benjamin, the big Florida State WR; or Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard. An inside linebacker wouldn't shock me either.

Riverboat Ron: What kind of draft picks would Mike Tomlin fetch if we traded him to the Brownies?

Gerry Dulac: Ha. well, he has one more Super Bowl appearance and one more victory than Jim Harbaugh, so....

Carcosa: Interesting re: QBs because heading into the CFB season, people were talking about this crop of QBs like it was second coming of '83 class. Funny how these things pan out.

Gerry Dulac: Far from it. The top 3 guys are all boom or bust, with the likelihood leaning more toward bust than boom.

Gerry Dulac: Well, that's all the time we have today kids. Thanx for the questions.

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