The Pittsburgh Steelers may need some help at tight end, even after the signing of Leonard Pope, with Heath Miler being the only other experienced tight end on the roster. Yes, the have David Johnson, but he is more of a fullback and young but talented Weslye Saunders if facing a four-game suspension to open the season.
Looking at that, it could be easy to see the Steelers grab another one at some point in the draft (especially when they talk about adding a running back to a crowded backfield). In looking at the tight ends that the team brought in, there are a couple of mid round prospects that could be interesting additions.
Much like Ladarius Green, Missouri tight end Michael Egnew is an accomplished receiver first and foremost. Quick feet and solid hands, he is a bit on the lean side (6-5, 252 pounds), but knows how to use that frame to win battles with defensive backs. He plays hard, a chain mover and should be able to develop into a offensive contributor at this level.
At this point he is an effort, wall-off blocker and can be overwhelmed by larger defensive linemen and a bit raw as a route runner. He also lacks pure speed in the passing game. Deceptively fast to eat cushion, but never truly developed into a consistent game changer at the college level. Ironically, Egnew has been compared to free agent signee Pope, and could be of interest to the Steelers in the fourth or fifth rounds of the draft.
As we have done throughout this process, Steelers101 will continue to profile the pre-draft visitors. We have now covered 2 of the 4 tight end prospects that visited. Below is a list of visitors (with their profiles hyperlinked), feel free to check them out.
Louisiana-Lafayette tight end Ladarius Green (Steelers101 profile 4/23)
Missouri tight end Michael Egnew
Oregon tight end David Paulson
Cincinnati tight end Adrien Robinson
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