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04-19-2006, 11:37 AM
Former University of Colorado receiver and kick returner Jeremy Bloom said he will visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week. ...

link: http://www.denverpost.com/sports/ci_3725256

04-19-2006, 11:42 AM
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04-19-2006, 04:51 PM
I like this guy a lot. Would be nice to have him with one of those fourth round picks.

04-21-2006, 09:52 AM
Interesting Tribune Review article pertaining to Bloom. I'm not so sure about this guy personally......


04-21-2006, 10:41 AM
Interesting Tribune Review article pertaining to Bloom. I'm not so sure about this guy personally......

I'm not so sure about him either... I know he was explosive and he was a good return man.

04-21-2006, 11:30 AM
Here is an article from CBS Sportsline about Bloom...

Relax, Steelers fans. I know where you can find the next Antwaan Randle El to return punts, and all that's required is patience. The NFL Draft is only a week and a half away.

Seldom has a draft been so rich in return specialists, from UCLA's Maurice Drew to Miami's Devin Hester to Florida State's Willie Reid to Colorado's Jeremy Bloom.

Yes, that Jeremy Bloom, and he might just be the man to soothe Pittsburgh's separation anxiety over Randle El.

OK, so he didn't quarterback his college football team, and I haven't seen him throw an option pass. But he plays wide receiver, runs like an Acela and is a big-play threat.

Oh, yeah, he's also a world-class freestyle skier, last seen in the 2006 Olympics, but skiing is not Bloom's interest now. Football is, and the proof was an impressive workout in front of 31 teams earlier this month when Bloom demonstrated he can do more than return punts and kickoffs.

He caught short passes. He caught deep passes. Slants. Outs. Goes.

Then he shagged punts. He caught passes with two hands. With one hand. On the run. After a complete turn.

He also benched 225 pounds 19 times.

It was an impressive and necessary performance for Bloom, who has two objectives before the arrival of the April 29 draft: 1) To demonstrate that two years away from football hasn't hurt him, and 2) to reiterate that football, not skiing, is his career now.

OK, there's a third motive, too, but anyone who was there for Bloom's workout got the message: He must prove he's not a risk.

"I'm a playmaker," said Bloom. "I have God-given gift of speed and a hard work ethic to go along with it. I know the type of player I am, and I'm the type who can change a game."

I like it. And maybe so will the Steelers. Bloom visited with them this week, just after he sat down with the Denver Broncos.

Bloom is, in all likelihood, a second-day draft pick for a variety of reasons -- his two-year hiatus from the game, forced by NCAA sanctions, just the beginning. But some club -- and probably one choosing at the end of a round -- will take him, and with him it gains an intriguing athlete with a world of ability.

"He has a little bit of a gambler's mentality, which I like," said one NFC special teams coordinator. "He's productive. He's fast. And he has that great burst and vision. I like him."

Of course, Bloom isn't alone. One NFL assistant estimated that there are at least four returners in this year's draft who can step in today as a club's top specialist -- and that doesn't include USC's Reggie Bush, whom Houston presumably retires from kick-return duties once it makes him the first pick of the draft.

"I haven't seen anything like this in a long time," the coach said. "There are a slew of good returners. I have 17 of them rated, and the 11th guy has a chance to be the No. 1 return man for his team."

Bloom is one of the 17, and what makes him special is his speed and his background. Bloom is one of the fastest members of this year's class, running a 40 in 4.5 seconds at the February scouting combine only four days after competing in the Olympics.

It is that speed that makes Bloom dangerous. In two seasons at Colorado he returned three kicks for touchdowns, averaged 19.08 yards per reception and scored five times on plays of 75 yards or longer.

OK, so he never caught more than 22 passes in a year, but Miami's Sinorice Moss didn't have more than 20 in any season, either, until 2005, when he finished with 37. Plus, his yards-per-catch average was less than Bloom's, and Moss rarely returned kicks.

Yet he's considered a second-round choice.

Bloom is not, and we already detailed why. He doesn't have the experience of a Moss, and he's been out of the game for two years. Then there is his size. It's not so much Bloom's 5-foot-9 height that is the concern -- heck, Moss is 5-8 -- as is the 173 pounds he carried at the combine.

"I want to see what he weighs now," said an AFC offensive coordinator. "That weight would concern me."

Well, this just in: Bloom weighs 185 pounds, and the last time I checked Carolina's Steve Smith was 5-9, 185, while Washington's Santana Moss -- the older brother of Sinorice -- was 5-10, 185. Size should no longer be an issue.

"And I want to thank them for that," Bloom said of Smith and Moss. "Five to 10 years ago everyone wanted receivers who were 6-2 or 6-3. Because of the successes of Santana Moss and Steve Smith it really opened the door and allowed (smaller receivers) to come in and make a difference."

I don't know that Jeremy Bloom makes a difference in the NFL, but he showed enough in his brief football career at Colorado to interest the pros -- or, at least, some of them. I spoke to one NFC receivers coach who said he hadn't studied Bloom because, basically, he wasn't interested in someone with a background in skiing.

But here's something that maybe he and Steelers fans should consider. Maybe, just maybe, that background makes Bloom a better candidate for his next passion. Bloom thinks it does, and he makes a good point.

"The vision is very similar to freestyle skiing," he said of returning kicks. "You're going 35 miles an hour in freestyle skiing so everything is a blur. I just ran off the depth perception and the squares and colors coming my way."

Jeremy Bloom is not the best returner in this year's draft. He is not the second or third best, either. But he was good, very good, at what he did when he was permitted to do it -- and that will be enough to convince someone to give him another chance.

Just wait a week and a half.

link: http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/9387394/1

04-21-2006, 11:43 AM
I'm not sure if I want to burn my first or second round pick on a punt returner. If he's around in the later rounds I would give him a shot. In my mind, just because you lose a Randle El doesn't mean you have to go out and sign or draft a kid that is a Randle El prototype.

04-21-2006, 12:12 PM
I think he would be nothing more than a returner, someone to ease what EL brought to us in that role.......

04-21-2006, 12:13 PM
He's a second day guy, and, to be honest, if you're going to pick a project, I'd rather take Hixon who has a ton more upside, is bigger, stronger, faster, more physical and versatile, and was also a pretty good kick returner in college.

04-21-2006, 09:53 PM
ESPN Had a draft special on tonight and this was the lead story about how the Steelers were interested in him big time. They said he would probably be drafted in the third or fourth round.

04-21-2006, 10:10 PM
He hasnt even played in 2 years has he ?

04-22-2006, 08:04 AM
That ESPN draft special is on every day, and it changes daily. It's been pretty good so far, although Kiper is doing the work-ups on the talent. It's ramping up to 2 hours a day next week, and it's usually on around the middle of the day if people want to tape/Tivo/DVR it.

As for Bloom, I was shocked to see how much interest in him they were attributing to the Steelers...I think they may have even said "The Steelers may draft him in Rd 3", and, yes, he hasn't played a down of football in 2 years.

04-22-2006, 09:58 AM
Bloom in Pittsburgh is starting to grow on me...

04-22-2006, 06:27 PM
I have no problem with him getting drafted, but I'm thinking Rd 5 more than Rd 3.

04-23-2006, 05:38 PM
Given the void in the return game left by the free-agent departure of WR Antwaan Randle El, who signed a blockbuster deal with Washington, it's no surprise that Pittsburgh had Jeremy Bloom in for a visit last week. Bloom, who forfeited his college football eligibility to remain as a world-champion skier, put some impressive returns and receptions on tape in limited play at Colorado. He's expected to be a late first-day pick next week. "Those are some big shoes to fill," Bloom said of the prospects of replacing Randle El. "I can't say I'll do it right away, but I'd do everything I can."

link: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/football/pro/buccaneers/orl-nflinsider2306apr23,0,6667784.column?coll=orl-sports-col