Five more college players passed the Steelers South Side Reviewing Stand yesterday, and unlike previous parades, this one turned some heads.
Dez Bryant and LaGarrette Blount, Okalahoma State wide out and Oregon running back respectively, were both suspended during the preceding collegiate season. Bryant was implicated in an agent-related violation of NCAA rules, while Blount punched an opponent from Boise state.
Notre Dame’s Golden Tate, considered one of the better wide receivers in the draft and a likely first round pick, also visited. Prior to Santonio Holmes’ current legal troubles, the Steelers had not considered wide receiver as a top priority. However, there is a lot of speculation that Holmes, who is in the last year of his contract, may not be resigned.
A decision by the Steelers to draft a wide receiver in the first or perhaps second round likely signals the beginning of the end, if not the end, of Homles’ time as a Steeler.
Linebackers Koa Misi of Utah and Adrian Tracy of William & Mary, Mike Tomlin’s alma mater, also paid visits. So far 19 players have auditioned for the Steelers over the last two weeks. The team is permitted to have up to 30 visits prior to April 14th.