According to the Daily Advertiser, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver coach Randy Fichtner was at Lafayette university’s pro day on Tuesday with his eye on wide receiver Jason Chery.
“Position coaches make choices at days like this for college programs, and my choice was to come here because I needed to know more about Jason (Chery),” Fichtner told the Advertiser. “Our scouts do a great job of identifying players with potential to play (in the NFL), but when it comes time to put together a book on a player, there’s just a lot of intangibles you can’t get off a tape.
“I needed to meet Jason. I think this was a good experience for him and it certainly was an informative one for me in my evaluation of Jason as a player and a person. There are a lot of scouts here today doing that exact same thing for their teams.”
Scouting Report on Chery
| Height: 5-10, Weight: 189 lbs |
Scouting Report: Chery is a great special teams player who put on a strong performance Tuesday afternoon running 4.45 seconds 40-yard dash, a 39-inch vertical jump and according to reports Chery excelled during individual drills.
Chery averaged 21.7 yards per kickoff return last season including seven that went for touchdowns.
Once thought as a player who likely wouldn’t get drafted, Chery’s strong performance lately could have a team like the Steelers give him a strong look in the later rounds.
Chery claims there are a number of teams looking at him including the Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears.
The Steelers are currently looking at two type of wide receivers. A long-term replacement for Hines Ward if one fits the bill such as a Brian Robiskie and a kick return specialist in the later rounds such as a player like Jason Chery.