Pitt cornerback Revis interests Steelers
By Scott Brown
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The Steelers, like most teams, don't like to talk about which players they are interested in drafting.
But coach Mike Tomlin did acknowledge the team would have an interest in taking Pitt cornerback Darrelle Revis in the first round of the draft Saturday.
"He's definitely a viable guy," Tomlin said Monday during a draft briefing. "I don't think his name is too far (down) on any of the 32 (draft) boards."
The 5-11 1/2, 204-pound Revis is widely considered one of the top cornerbacks in the draft and a sure first-round pick.
The Steelers might look for a cornerback early in the draft, and they are well aware of Revis. They share a practice facility with Pitt, and director of football operations Kevin Colbert said the Steelers are especially diligent about evaluating draft prospects from schools that are nearby, such as Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia and Ohio State.
Tomlin, who coached the secondary in Tampa Bay from 2001-05, had high praise for Revis.
"He's got a nice combination of size and speed, and he's a young guy. You would imagine there's a lot of football in front of him," Tomlin said of the Aliquippa native, who declared for the draft after his junior season at Pitt. "He seems to have his head on straight and he's a sharp young man, so he has a lot of things that are attractive about him."