Mike Tomlin isn't afraid to communicate with a collegiate prospect mid-workout. He's been known to tell players something he wants to see if it's missing from a workout.
This was on display at Florida State's pro day, where apparently Tomlin had some fun with highly rated kicker Roberto Aguayo. He iced Aguayo -- at a pro day! -- as the Seminole attempted a 50-yarder, which he made, of course.
Let's have Aguayo himself tell it, with a hat tip to ESPN's Michael DiRocco, who attended the pro day.
On Aguayo's immediate feedback from NFL people in attendance: “They liked the workout. Obviously I hold myself to a high standard, perfection, just like Coach [Jimbo] Fisher. You want everything to be right but at the end of the day there’s going to be something that doesn’t come out right, but you’ve got to keep going. You can’t get flustered. You can’t step back and get flustered, because that’s what they’re looking at. At the end of the day I think I finished strong and finished with that game-winning [kick]. They called the timeout and I kicked it again, so they liked that. I think I had a great workout.”
On what happened on that timeout: “Tomlin called a timeout. They want to see you still kick it because you can test, see where the wind’s blowing and everything, so they liked that, how I kicked it still. It was a 50-yarder.”
On whether the an idea that something like that would happen: "Oh yeah. You get prepared for everything and anything. I’m prepared for anything. Whatever they want. The Steelers' [assistant coach] was trying to get in my head at the beginning. He was asking all these questions, but after I didn’t pay attention to him, he walked off. See, those are the little things they want to see, if you get distracted, if you get flustered from ... They’re like, ‘Why are you going to hit five warm-ups? Why can’t you hit three warm-ups?’ All those little things and he’s like, ‘Oh, you’re sticking by the book,’ and I was like, ‘Yes sir.’ Those are the little things, see, and overall I think I had a good workout.”
It’s noteworthy that Tomlin was evaluating a kicker after the Steelers went through four different kickers in 2015, including the preseason.