November 23, 2012; Boston, MA USA; Massachusetts Minutemen tight end Rob Blanchflower (87) catches a punt during warmups prior to a game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers select TE Rob Blanchflower in 7th round


Since the Mike Tomlin era began in 2007, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been able to find a couple of hidden gems in the seventh round of the draft.

Can they do so again in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft?

While the Steelers have thrown names out like: Dallas Baker (2007), A.Q. Shipley (2009), Doug Worthington (2010), Terrence Fredrick (2011) and Torey Clemons (2011), they also grabbed the likes of David Johnson (2009), David Paulson (2011) and Kelvin Beachum (2011) during the draft’s final round.

The Steelers tried to continue that trend on Saturday when they selected Massachusetts tight end Rob Blanchflower with the No.215 overall pick.

It’s been Colbert’s mantra of late to target tight end depth in the seventh round, so I really expected this pick.

Blanchflower has good size at 6’4”, 256 and is a pretty solid run blocker and a functional pass blocker.

He is tough and can make tough catches in small windows. Blanchflower leaves Massachusetts as their all-time leader in receptions from a tight end. He has the chance to be a solid special team’s contributor.

Blanchflower doesn’t have great speed and isn’t a great athlete but he is tough and the type of player you don’t mind taking a chance on in the seventh round.

Check back to City of Champions Sports often as we will have continued reaction and analysis to all of the Steelers draft picks throughout the upcoming weeks.

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  • bk

    Going in I think our biggest needs were CB, WR, TE, ILB then depth everywhere…
    CB? good luck… WR? Limas is that you? I can hear opponents DC’s wondering how they are going to contain Branchflower…
    Basically it seems to me the team just kicked Ben in the nads…. saying.. carry us again and maybe next year we will get you some help…
    The good coming out will be the fraud that is TOmlin being further exposed for being a poor coach. the other good thing is that they will be drafting in the top 5 next year…

    • Dewayne Braxton

      I agree that we needed a corner back. However, I also believe an improved pass rush will help pass coverage. We added two highly rated defensive players -plus Jarvis Jones last year. Seems like you forgot that Colbert is also a key decision maker. Looks like you have race issues, not football concerns.

      • Joe Nastasi

        They both should have been fired. Not everything is about race. They “Both” have either done a horrible job evaluating talent or have done a horrible job coaching. Has nothing to do with race.

        • Joe Nastasi

          Hard headed Todd should go also. See 2 white 1 black. No race issues, just horrible job performance.

          • Dewayne Braxton

            Without question this regime has blown to many draft picks. But its been well documented that Cowher and company did too. We all remember Will Blackwell, Jermain’s Stephens and Wiggins, Jeremy Staat, Charles Johnson, Chad Scott, Deon Figures, J. Arnold. Not to mention the fact that Cowher could not evaluate quaterbacks. We went most of tenure without a real one. And we also specialized in letting prized players leave via free agency leave i.e Woodson, Nickerson, Jeff Gram, and Chad Brown just to name a few. To the old regime’s credit, they also signed very good players; Kevin Greene, Nolan Harrison, Duval Love, Wayne Gandy, Erick Pengram, and Ray Seals (and others). I think the aforementioned is the difference. Except for Ryan Clark Tomlin and Colbert have a terrible record of signing free agents, which means they are unable to compensate for making poor selections in the same way Cowher and Donahue did. Perhaps paying two hall of famers (Ben & Troy) makes it harder to sign free agents. Nevertheless, if they miss the playoffs this year Tomlin’s run is over and it should be. All that said, when Cowher came he publically acknolwedged the team was basically set. Especially on defense. Yet he only won one superbowl in 15 years. In the playoffs, he often lost at home and sometimes to inferior opponents. I love Cowher but personally think He under achieved. He had losing seasons. If you compare Tomlin and Cowher head to head Cowher could’ve been fired too. WE were ALL starting to wonder if Cowher would ever win one-lets get honest. Tomlin isn’t the best but he’s already done more than most coaches and still maintais a high winning percentage. All things considered, I see nothing that clearly suggests Tomlin deserves termination.