Typical of PFT, this is a poorly intuited inference: was Pitt there to see the center? Certainly, a bargain round center might be of interest, but with Hartwig having a limited window, it seems less likely than an impact round (R1-4) center. And TCU has other prospects. To wit:
Jason Phillips, ILB. NFLDS projects Phillips as R5 (156 overall, 8th ILB). IIRC, that's lower than previous, which was ~R3. Steelers have a need, with Farrior's age and Foote on a likewise limited window. The two-year view yields Timmons and...? at ILB. Not likely to be Key Fox. Against the view that the Steelers are fishing for ILB on day 2: no attendance at Florida Atlantic's Pro Day (Frantz Joseph, R5-6, 165 overall, 9th ILB), second leading tackler last year, no Combine invite, generall seen as a top developmental. (16 teams attended, PS not one of them.)
But: Steelers might have seen all they needed, and did not want to tip their hand. With Phillips, the situation is different, due to injury: Phillips tore his meniscus during position drills at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 23.<
So, is he a guy we'll take a chance on day two, as a redshirt with injuries (cf. Tony Hills and Dennis Dixon, 2008 edition)? If you want this guy, the trigger seems to be R4 (a.k.a., R5 for the rest of the league), which means R3 value + year to rehab and learn. OK. And:
Well, maybe even R3 comp. And: 6'1", 239#, 64 KEI...
Phillips earned first-team All-Mountain West honors twice (2006, '08) and was named to the second team twice. In his four years as a starter, he accumulated 325 career tackles including 38.5 for loss and 7.5 sacks. He's not what scouts call a quick-twitch athlete, but his toughness, work ethic and instincts make him a potential NFL starter inside.
Positives: Has the size to play inside, probably in a 3-4 scheme, and should continue to gain mass and develop in the upper body. ... Avoids blocks from guards in trash to reach the ballcarrier, but is also physical enough to punch linemen and maintain his gap. ... Very tough and won't back down from anyone. ... Aggressive, instinctual player with the straight-line speed to attack plays behind the line of scrimmage. ... Adequate drop and good awareness in coverage, reads the eyes of the quarterback and anticipates receivers' routes well. ... Secure tackler, has the length to wrap up and strength to bring the man down. ... Was a long snapper in high school.
Negatives: Mostly a grab-and-drag tackler. ... Better when the play is in front of him, as he lacks great lateral movement and struggles to change direction in space. ... He often reads the play correctly but is a step slow to break down or react against faster players, leading to lunging and shoestring tackles that won't be made at the next level. ... Can be effective as a blitzer, but is not explosive and will whiff. ... His aggressiveness sometimes causes him to leave his gap responsibility, and he does not have the quickness to recover.
That, to me, sounds less like a R3 guy and more like a R4 guy, maybe. But our scouts likely have more interest in Phillips than the center kid.
Also working out, worth noting:
Stephen Hodge, OLB. Shade shy of 6", 234#, backup positions listed as SS and FB? Could he translate to a 3-4 ILB? 4.58 40, 64 KEI.
Rated R6-7, 223 overall. Where does he fit?