The Pittsburgh Steelers added linebacker Ryan Zhazier in the first round of their 2014 NFL Draft and also took running back Dri Archer and wide receiver Martavis Bryant. All three of whom posted stellar 40-yard dash times, the slowest of whom was Bryant with a 4.42 time.
“I think you cover speed obviously, but it’s football not a track meet,” coach Mike Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If you get a capable football player who happens to be fast, it’s an asset. Speed players that we were able to acquire in this draft fit the bill in that regard. They are football players first who happen to be extremely fast.”
Tomlin was particularly high on Archer and suggested he’ll be used as more than just a back up to Le’Veon Bell.
“Is he a running back? Is he a wideout?” Tomlin asked. “He’s a splash playmaker. Regardless of position, he’s a playmaker. He’s a guy that gets yards in chunks and rings up the scoreboard.”
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