Armchair GM: What Steelers Player's Visits Tell Us
We all know the Steelers 30th ranked pass defense is in need of help but the players visits give a good indication of where the Steelers will be going for the rest of the Draft. Some of visits are not surprising but there’s more than one that raises an eyebrow. From the excellent draft site Walterfootball.com we have a list of the college prospects that Steelers have shown interest in. There are always picks outside of the visits because the thinking is, some players will not to be available at certain slots. I think from this list you can put in a reasonable idea of what positions will be picked in what rounds.
College Prospect Meeting w/Pittsburgh Steelers
Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon (COM)
Derrick Alexander, DE, Tulsa (PRO)
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (COM)
Brandon Allen, QB, Arkansas (PRO)
Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State (PRI)
Caleb Benenoch, OT, UCLA (PRI)
Jatavis Brown, OLB, Akron (PRI)
Vernon Butler, DT/NT, Louisiana Tech (COM)
Jeremy Cash, S, Duke (PRI)
Kamalei Correa, OLB/3-4OLB, Boise State (PRO)
Sean Davis, FS/CB, Maryland (STM)
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State (PRO)
DeAndre Elliott, CB, Colorado State (PRO)
Tyler Ervin, RB, San Jose State (COM)
T.J. Green, S, Clemson (PRI)
Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State (PRO)
Jerald Hawkins, OT, LSU (PRI)
Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford (COM)
Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama (PRI)
Jonathan Jones, CB, Auburn (PRI)
Bronson Kaufusi, DE/3-4DE, Brigham Young (STM)
Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson (STM)
Cody Kessler, QB, USC (SR)
Shaq Lawson, DE/3-4OLB, Clemson (COM)
Jay Lee, WR, Baylor (PRO)
Harlan Miller, CB, Southeastern Louisiana (COM)
Carl Nassib, DE/3-4DE, Penn State (COM)
Keanu Neal^, S, Florida (PRO, PRI)
Robert Nkemdiche, DT/DE/3-4DE, Ole Miss (PRI)
Rees Odhiambo, G, Boise State (PRO)
Dak Prescott^, QB, Mississippi State (COM, PRO)
Elandon Roberts, ILB, Houston (WOR)
A’Shawn Robinson, DT/3-4DE/NT, Alabama (PRI)
Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College (PRI)
Ryan Smith, CB, North Carolina Central (PRI)
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana (PRO)
Darian Thompson, S, Boise State (PRI)
Tavon Young^, CB, Temple (PRO, PRI)
Read more at WalterFootball.com
From the above I think it is reasonable to project the following:
1st Rd – Defensive Tackle or Corner back – I think it will be DT because there are really no 1st Rd quality CB’s after Vernon Hargreaves III and Jalen Ramsey and they should both be long gone by the time the Steelers draft at 25th. The good news is there are all kinds of good 2nd Rd talent at CB. A starter could be drafted, maybe someone with Pro Bowl potential.
2nd Rd – Corner back or Defensive Tackle – I’m thinkin’ CB for the reasons listed above.
3rd Rd – Edge Rusher or Safety – It’s probably edge rusher here. There are still some good situational pass rushers who should be available. Some good Safeties should still be available in the 4th.
4th Rd – Safety or Quarterback – This is where it starts getting really interesting. Safety is the position of need but the Steelers have met with a lot of QB’s. This probably means the Landry Jones era is over. Dak Prescott and Cody Kessler look good for developmental picks. If they are really hot to get a QB this would be the round. It would be a luxury pick.
5th Rd – Zilch. We get nothing for a trade for a player Tomlin wouldn’t play and Kevin Colbert let walk.
6th Rd – Safety, Wide Receiver, QB or Offensive Tackle – The Steelers probably feel pretty good about Cody Wallace, Chris Hubbard, B.J. Feeney and the option, probably, of bringing back Doug LeGursky in the middle of the O-line but the loss of Kelvin Beachum creates at the very least a depth issue at OT. The Steelers like looking for sleeper prospects at receiver. Antonio Brown was taken in the 6th. QB Brandon Allen of Arkansas may still be here. He would be hard to pass up if the Steelers do what’s right thing and pick a Safety at 4th. Another one the Steelers didn’t visit with is QB Kevin Hogan of Stanford, scouts are turned off by his weird throwing mechanics but the ball gets where it’s going and he’s a winner.
7th Rd – Offensive Tackle, Edge Rusher or Place Kicker – Tomlin spent a little time with Roberto Aguayo of FSU. Ross Martin of Duke is also good. Technically, The Steelers didn’t ‘visit’ with them but the may be looking for Spring Training competition.
7th Rd – Place Kicker, Offense line or Defensive line – Some more bodies to throw into the mix with the hope someone rises. If the Steelers pick up another situational pass rusher with their early 7th Rd pick. I’m guessing they go for more help in the middle of the D-line and try to pick up a Place Kicker in Free Agency.
Well, the Draft always brings surprises and I’m sure this one will be no exception. I’ll be releasing my final draft closer to April 28th. Any players that you think the Steelers should have brought in? What do think of going for a QB or Wide Receiver when there are so many needs on Defense?