Behind The Steel Curtain lists some possible undrafted free agent targets for the Steelers ... you know, for whenever it is that the Steelers might be able to sign them. Topping the list is Kentucky running back Derrick Locke, who could compete with seventh-round pick Baron Batch to replace Mewelde Moore on the Steelers roster. (Locke says that he slipped out of the draft because teams thought he had a "spine injury," but he says he's fine.) Also included is Marshall ILB Mario Harvey, who had a pre-draft visit with the Steelers:â†µ
Harvey was a potential late-round pick who turned some heads at his pro day with a monster performance. Rumors were that the Patriots, Ravens, and even our own Steelers were interested in him. He’s very good against the run but is still very raw in most areas. Given his measurables he’d be worth the tryout as he could be a beast on special teams while having the potential to start on defense in a few years.â†µ
Nose tackle Ian Williams of Notre Dame is also on the list. The Steelers need to be on the lookout for a replacement for Casey Hampton, so signing a nose tackle would make some sense.â†µ
One surprising inclusion is Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin, who BTSC thinks could eventually become an NFL starting quarterback.â†µ
He gets a lot of comparisons to Joe Flacco, mainly because of the paths they took, but with enough time and tutelage he could one day become a solid starter in the NFL. Dennis Dixon is coming off of the second knee injury of his career and Charlie Batch is 35 years old and would be better served hanging up his spurs and settling into a coaching role at this point.â†µ
The idea is that Devlin would stick around on the practice squad until Dixon is gone.