Philip Gaines, Ra’Shede Hageman Visit Steelers

The Rooneys may have reputations as devout Catholics, it may be Holy Week, but the Pittsburgh Steelers spent Holy Thursday entertaining 3 collegiate prospects on the South Side ahead of the 2014 NFL Draft.

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Allen Robinson, the Steelers worked out:

  • Phillip Gaines, cornerback of Rice University
  • Ra’Shede Hageman, defensive tackle, Minnesota
  • Rob Branchflower, tight end, University of Massachusetts

Robinsion characterized Gaines as a projected day two, pick, while Hageman is seen as a potential number 1 pick. Branchflower is rated as about a third round pick.

  • Tea leaf readers will note that Gains represents the 5th corner entertained by the Steelers and the 7th defensive back to be invited to Pittsburgh for a pre-Draft workout.

While a lot of pre-draft speculation has the Steelers taking a cornerback in the first round, Neal Coolong of Behind the Steel Curtain suggested that they could wait until middle rounds, such as they did in the 2011 NFL Draft when they took Courtney Brown and Cortez Allen in the 3rd and 4th rounds, respectively.

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