Snyder: Steelers’ interest in Happy Valley seems legit


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Kevin Colbert and Tom Bradley keep a watchful eye at Penn State's pro day on Tuesday. - AUDREY SNYDER / DKPS

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Steelers' new defensive backs coach, Tom Bradley, was back on Penn State's campus on Tuesday for pro day, his first time back in Holuba Hall since his days as Penn State's interim head coach in 2011.

Bradley was among a large contingent of Steelers representatives on hand to watch Penn State's NFL hopefuls work out. It was a group that also included general manager Kevin Colbert. The Steelers typically have been at Penn State pro day in years past given the proximity, but I can't recall them having as many people there as they did this year. With at least three representatives on hand, they scribbled down notes, chatted with prospects and mingled with other team's scouts.

At one point, Colbert pulled middle linebacker Jason Cabinda aside and earlier in the day chatted between drills with safety Marcus Allen. While this was among Penn State's largest crop of combine participants -- both in quality and quantity -- the Steelers didn't look like they were there simply just to be there.

[caption id="attachment_589603" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Scenes from Penn State's pro day Tuesday in Holuba Hall. - AUDREY SNYDER / DKPS[/caption]

"When you go through this process you hear from almost every team and some teams you hear from more than others," said wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton who posted a 4.52-second 40-yard dash. "There's a good mix of guys I've talked to over and over again, like the Colts, the Giants and the Steelers," Hamilton said. "At the end of the day, though, a whole different team could come and get me."

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