The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 24, 2008

Otah skips Pitt’s pro day

PITTSBURGH — Jeff Otah’s absence took some off the luster off of Pitt’s pro day workout on Monday, but eight others still had their chance to impress scouts at the UPMC Sports Complex.

Otah, an offensive tackle who did not participate due to a sore ankle, is projected to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft on April 26. He will conduct a private workout for NFL representatives April 9 in Pittsburgh.

“Several teams have called me so far,” Otah said. “The Bears, the Panthers, the Eagles, the Steelers, definitely are looking at me, and I just talked to Kansas City (Monday). But you never know how this things are going to work out.

“It’s all about team needs and how things play out on draft day. So, I just want to keep working hard and get some good measurables. I’ve got good film, but now I’ve got to get the other stuff, running, weightlifting and agility.”

Reporters were not allowed to view Pitt’s pro day events, but coach Dave Wannstedt said more than 40 NFL scouts and representatives were in attendance, even though some like, Carolina Panthers coach John Fox, canceled after Otah decided not to work out.

As expected, the Steelers were heavily represented, including coach Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert, the club’s director of football operations. Since Pitt shares the facility with the Steelers, they had already interviewed Otah, guard Mike McGlynn and tight end Darrell Strong.

“Otah, he’s got a lot of things that you like, and it starts with being 6-6 and 330,” Tomlin said. “But he’s a guy that’s performed well, and I’m sure everyone knows that he’s a capable guy.”

Tomlin likes McGlynn’s versatility.

“Position-flexibility is McGlynn’s most attractive quality, and he’s a tough guy,” Tomlin said. “We’ll evaluate Strong. He’s got some skills and some talent, so he’s a guy that has a shot to get drafted.”

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