Darqueze Dennard, Stephon Tuitt Pay Pre-Draft Visits to Steelers

While the ink was yet to dry on free agent wide receiver’s Darrius Heyward-Bey’s contract, the Steelers moved on with their NFL pre draft visits.

This is hardly the first time either Stephon Tuitt and Darqueze Dennard names have been mentioned in association with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • Dennard is an obvious first rounder and has been listed as one of the players the Steelers will not pass on if available at 15 during the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.

The Steelers need for a cornerback is well-documented, with Ike Taylor pushing 34, and William Gay and Cortez Allen both heading into their contract years. With the washout that was Courtney Brown, the Steelers have no up and comer waiting in the wings.

  • The Steelers need on defensive line is equally well documented. 

With Al Woods in Tennessee and Ziggy Hood in Jacksonville, the Steelers have no starting defensive end opposite Cameron Heyward. Cam Thomas has of course been signed, but the early word is that Thomas has been brought on for depth behind both Heyward and Steve McLendon, not to start.

Stephon Tuitt at one point had been projected as a first round pick, but has draft stock has dropped due to a foot injury.

As Dale Lolley pointed out, the Steelers could benefit from this in the same way the benefitted from a sports hernia that limited Heath Miller’s activity prior to the 2005 NFL Draft – where Bill Cowher and Kevin Colbert selected Miller with the 30th overall pick.

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