Steelers 2015 Pre Draft Visits at a Glance

Bruce McNorton, Chidi Iwuoma, Mike Gorscak, Mark Bruener, and Dan Rooney Jr. have filed their scouting reports. Mike Tomlin, Todd Haley, Kevin Colbert, and Keith Butler have logged their frequent flyer miles going to various pro days.

And the Steelers have brought 32 players into the South Side for pre-draft visits.

  • All that’s left is to start calling out names.

In five days the Steelers brain trust will converge in the Bill Nunn Jr. Draft Room to conduct what could likely be the most important draft of the Tomlin-Colbert era – or perhaps better put, of the Ben Roethlisberger era. Because the choices the Steelers make in the 2015 NFL Draft will likely determine whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers make another serious Super Bowl run before Ben Roethlisberger’s body gives out on him.

  • Not to be overly dramatic, but the stakes are that high.

But just who are the Steelers looking at? Well, here’s a look at the players they’ve brought in for pre-draft visits.

Cornerback Darryl Roberts, Marshall
Cornerback Senquez Golson, Ole Miss
Cornerback Marcus Peters, Washington
Cornerback Alex Carter, Stanford
Cornerback Doran Grant, Ohio State
Cornerback Bryce Callahan, Rice
Cornerback Stephen Nelson, Oregon State
Cornerback Dexter McDonald, Kansas
Cornerback Eric, Rowe, Utah
Defensive End Nate Orchard, Utah
Defensive End Preston Smith, Mississippi State
Defensive Lineman Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Defensive Tackle Xavier Cooper, Washington State
Linebacker Shane Ray, Missouri
Linebacker Kyle Emanuel, North Dakota State
Linebacker Max Valles, Virginia
Linebacker Davis Tull, Chattanooga
Outside Linebacker Eli Harold, Virginia
Offensive Tackle Quinton Spain, WVU
Quarterback/Wide Receiver Devin Gardner, Michigan
Quarterback Tyler Murphy, Boston College
Running Back Matt Jones, Florida
Safety Landon Collins, Alabama
Tight End Cameron Clear, Texas A&M
Tight End C.J. Uzomah, Auburn
Tight End Jesse James, Penn State
Tight End Kennard Backman, UAB
Tight End Jeff Heuerman, Ohio State
Tight End Wes Saxton, South Alabama
Wide Receiver DeVante Parker, Louisville
Wide Receiver Sammie Coates, Auburn
Wide Receiver Breshad Perriman, UCF
Wide Receiver Jaelen Strong, Arizona

For those of you who didn’t count, that’s 9 cornerback or a quarter of their predraft visit allotment. 7 defensive ends and linebackers – all projected as edge rushers. Not that the Steelers are telegraphing anything of course.

They’ve also hosted 6 tight ends, seemingly planning for the day that Heath Miller hangs it up and interestingly enough they’ve hosted 4 wide receivers. The only other position area to break double figures is quarterback, interestingly enough. The Steelers also entertained two interior defensive lineman, one running back, and one safety.

  • What does all of this mean?

As Dale Lolley points out, in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Steelers drafted six players they’d brought in for visits. For the 2013 NFL Draft the number was five, and in the 2012 NFL Draft the number was four (and that number is probably lower because they never anticipated David DeCastro falling to them.)

In other words, Steelers fans can expect to hear several of the names above repeated next week.

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2 thoughts on “Steelers 2015 Pre Draft Visits at a Glance

    • Thanks James. I did not see him on Dale Lolley’s list, but he might have been left off. I saw someone else refer to the Steelers bringing in 9 cornerbacks. I’ll double check.

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