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2015 Steelers Pre-Draft Visits

Discussion in 'The Bill Nunn Draft Room' started by TerribleTowelFlying, Apr 8, 2015.

  1. jeh1856


    Oct 26, 2011
  2. Blast Furnace

    Blast Furnace Staff Member Mod Team

    Oct 16, 2011
    Heres more of a break down on everyone they have brought in:

    (9 cornerbacks)
    CB Alex Carter, Stanford (4-9-15)
    CB Marcus Peters, Washington (4-9-15)
    CB Senquez Golson, Mississippi (4-8-15)
    CB Darryl Roberts, Marshall (4-20-15)
    CB Bryce Callahan, Rice (4-20-15
    CB Steve Nelson, Oregon State (4-20-15)
    CB Eric Rowe, Utah (4-21-15)
    CB Doran Grant, Ohio State (4-21-15)
    CB Dexter McDonald, Kansas (4-22-15)

    (5 outside linebackers)
    OLB Max Valles, Virginia (4-9-15)
    OLB Nate Orchard, Utah (4-8-15)
    OLB Eli Harold, Virginia (4-8-15)
    OLB Randy Gregory, Nebraska (4-16-15)
    OLB Davis Tull, Tennessee-Chat (4-22-15)

    (5 tight ends)
    TE C.J. Uzomah, Auburn (4-8-15)
    TE Wes Saxton, South Alabama (4-10-15)
    TE Cameron Clear, Texas A&M (4-13-15)
    TE Jeffrey Heuerman, Ohio State (4-14-15)
    TE Kennard Backman, UAB (Tue 4-14-15)

    (4 wide receivers)
    WR Breshad Perriman, Central Florida (4-10-15)
    WR Sammie Coates, Auburn (4-13-15)
    WR Devin Gardner, Michigan (4-16-15)
    WR Jalelel Strong, Arizona State (4-17-15)

    (2 defensive ends)
    DE Kyle Emmanuel, North Dakota State (4-21-15)
    DE Preston Smith, Mississippi (4-22-15)

    (1 guard)
    OG Quinton Spain, West Virginia (4-13-15)

    (1 quarterback)
    QB Tyler Murphy, Boston College (4-10-15)

    (1 defensive tackle)
    DT Xavier Cooper, Washington State (4-14-15)

    (1 safety)
    S Landon Collins, Alabama (4-22-15)

  3. contract

    contract Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2014
    I'm disturbed by the cheer number of TEs on that list. TE is not a need.
  4. Blast Furnace

    Blast Furnace Staff Member Mod Team

    Oct 16, 2011
    I'm glad they are looking at TE's, just not who they are looking at. From that list, Heuerman and Saxton intrigue me the most.
  5. Steel_Elvis

    Steel_Elvis Staff Member Mod Team

    Nov 4, 2011
    Emanuel would be an OLB in our system, not a DE. Preston Smith is borderline. He seems to be a fit as a 43 DE, but I've seen some folks who think he would be an OLB in a 34, and others who think he'd be a DE. My guess is that they're looking at him more as an OLB for our scheme.
  6. GB_Steel

    GB_Steel Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    So from our list of visits so far I see 4 clear-cut 1st rounders (as determined by pre-draft media hype):


    With Rowe, Preston Smith, Harold and Strong being fringe 1st rounders.

    We usually try to stick to the people who come in for visits, so from that list and based on who would realistically be there at #22, I think it comes down to Peters and Collins. No way do I want Peters, so I hope it would be Collins. Or even Rowe over Peters.

    Good thing we brought a QB in for a visit :rolleyes:
  7. Steel_Elvis

    Steel_Elvis Staff Member Mod Team

    Nov 4, 2011
    I don't want either Peters or Collins at 22. Peters for obvious reasons. Collins is a good player, but I see him as a throwback to when it was ok if you're strong safety wasn't so good in pass defense as long as he could stop the run. That's not the NFL of today, and I don't see 1st round value in that type of player anymore.
  8. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    Steelers 2015 Draft Prospects: Updated list of all visits and invites

    By Simon Chester

    With the draft prospect visits to the South Side facility in full swing we take a look at the names that have been linked to the Steelers in the up coming draft either via a meeting at the Senior Bowl, the Combine, their Pro Day or a Visit to Pittsburgh.

    Over the years the Steelers pre-draft interest haven’t been the easiest to track when compared to other NFL teams. The team was allowed as many as 60 meetings at the NFL Combine and there is little doubt they met with their full allocation. At both the Senior Bowl and Shine Game the Steelers staff meet with many prospects, the specific information on who is less forth coming and names have not been added to the list without significant confirmation from respected reporters or the players themselves.

    The names associated with the team prior to the draft, particularly those invited to Pittsburgh to meet the staff, have often featured heavily come draft day in recent years. Last year six of the nine players ultimately drafted were invited to town – Ryan Shazier, Stephon Tuitt, Martavis Bryant, Shaquille Richardson, Jordan Zumwalt and Rob Blanchflower. Wesley Johnson was also noted as a Pro Day meeting with only Dri Archer and Daniel McCullers not appearing on the teams radar ahead of time to outsiders.

    In 2013 Jarvis Jones, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams all had visits to the Steelers home while Le’Veon Bell was a noted as a Pro Day meeting who also had a dinner with Tomlin along with a Private Workout. Landry Jones was seen at a Pro Day meeting with the team that year too. The list also identified Nic Embernate, who had a visit and Chris Hubbard, who had a Pro Day meeting, both of whom went on to be undrafted free agents that were signed by the Steelers after the draft. B.W. Webb was another player invited to town that year and although drafted by the Cowboys originally is now on the Steelers’ roster.

    2012 saw Mike Adams, Kelvin Beachum, and David Paulson as Pre Draft visitors who went on to be drafted. Hebron Fangupo was another visitor who ultimately became a Steelers as was Michael Egnew who was signed this off season having been drafted in the third round by the Dolphins.

    The 2011 Pre Draft visit list saw the Steelers entertain Marcus Gilbert, Curtis Brown, Cortez Allen and Keith Williams who became draft picks along with Weslye Saunders who was picked up as an UDFA.

    In 2010 Maurkice Pouncey, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown were the notable names from the list of visitors – Clifton Geathers, LeGarrett Blount were two more invitees that year who ended up in Pittsburgh eventually … albeit briefly in the case of Blount.

    Pre Draft Prospect Meetings 2015


    Alex Carter – Stanford @ Visit
    Bryce Callahan – Rice @ Visit
    Charles Gaines – Louisville @ Combine, Pro Day & Dinner with Tomlin
    Darryl Roberts – Marshall @ Visit
    Doran Grant – Ohio State @ Visit
    Eric Rowe CB/S – Utah @ Combine, Pro Day, Visit
    Jalen Collins – LSU @ Combine, Pro Day & Diner with Tomlin
    Kevin Johnson – Wake Forest @ Combine, Pro Day & Diner with Colbert, Visit*
    Kevin White – TCU @ Combine
    Marcus Peters – Washington @ Combine, Pro Day, Visit
    PJ Williams – Florida State @ Pro Day
    Quandre Diggs – Texas @ Combine
    Quinten Rollins – Miami @ Combine, Pro Day
    Ron Darby – Florida State @ Pro Day
    Steven Nelson – Oregon State @ Visit
    Senquez Golson – Ole Miss @ Senior Bowl, Visit
    Trae Waynes – Michigan State @ Pro Day
    Travis Lee – Miles College @ Visit*


    Alvin ‘Bud’ Dupree – Kentucky @ Combine, Pro Day & Dinner with Tomlin
    Danielle Hunter – LSU @ Pro Day & Diner with Tomlin
    Davis Tull – Tennessee-Chattanooga @ Combine
    Eli Harold – Virginia @ Combine Pro Day, Visit
    Hau’oli Kikaha – Washington @ Combine, Pro Day
    Kyle Emmanuel – North Dakota State @ Visit
    Lorenzo Maudlin – Louisville @ Combine, Pro Day & Dinner with Tomlin
    Marcus Golden – Mizzou @ Pro Day & Dinner with Tomlin
    Max Valles – Virginia @ Visit
    Nate Orchard – Utah @ Visit
    Owamagbe Odighizuwa – UCLA @ Combine, Pro Day
    Randy Gregory – Nebraska @ Pro Day, Visit
    Shane Ray – Mizzou @ Combine, Pro Day & Dinner with Tomlin, Visit*
    Tavarus Dantzier – Bethune-Cookman @ Visit*
    Trey Flowers – Arkansas @ Combine
    Vic Beasley – Clemson @ Pro Day

    Tight End

    Alen Derby – Arkansas @ Combine
    Blake Bell – Oklahoma @ Combine
    Ben Koyack – Notre Dame @ Combine
    Cameron Clear – Texas A&M @ Visit
    Clive Walford – Miami @ Combine, Pro Day & Private Meeting
    CJ Uzomah – Auburn @ Visit
    Jeff Heuerman – Ohio State @ Combine, Visit
    Jesse James – Penn State @ Combine, Pro Day, Visit**
    Kennard Backman – UAB @ Visit
    Maxx Williams – Minnesota @ Combine
    Nick O’Leary – FSU @ Combine
    Wes Saxton – South Alabama @ Visit

    Offensive Line

    Ali Marpet C – Hobart & William Smith @ Pro Day Private Workout
    Donovan Smith OG – Penn State @ Senior Bowl
    Ereck Flowers OT – Miami @ Combine
    La’El Collins OG/T – LSU @ Combine
    Laken Tomlinson OG – Duke @ Pro Day
    Matt Rotherham OG – Pittsburgh @ Visit**
    Max Garcia C/G/T – Florida @ Pro Day & Dinner with Tomlin
    Quentin Spain OG – WVU @ Visit
    Sean Hickey OG/T – Syracuse @ Combine
    T.J Clemmings OT – Pittsburgh @ Pro Day, Visit**


    Cody Prewitt – Mississippi @ Combine
    Durell Eskridge – Syracuse @ Pro Day
    Gerod Holliman – Louisville @ Pro Day & Diner with Tomlin
    Jermaine Whitehead S – Auburn @ Pro Day
    Justin Cox FS – Mississippi State @ Pro Day
    Nick Marshall FS/QB/CB – Auburn @ Pro Day

    Running Back

    David Cobb – Minnesota @ Combine
    David Johnson – Northern Iowa @ Combine
    Duke Johnson – Miami @ Combine
    Jeremy Langford – Michigan State @ Combine
    Matt Jones – Florida @ Pro Day & Dinner with Colbert & Tomlin, Visit*
    Tevin Coleman – Indiana @ Combine
    T.J Yeldon – Alabama @ Combine

    Wide Receiver

    Breshad Perriman – UCF @ Visit
    DeVante Parker – Louisville @ Pro Day & Dinner with Tomlin, Private Workout, Visit*
    Devin Gardner – Michigan @ Visit
    Jaelen Strong – Arizona State @ Visit
    Sammy Coates – Auburn @ Pro Day, Visit
    Tre McBride – Willam & Mary @ Combine

    Defensive Line

    Gabe Wright DT – Auburn @ Pro Day
    Grady Jarrett NT – Clemson @ Combine
    Michael Bennett DT – Ohio State @ Combine
    Preston Smith DE – Mississippi State @ Pro Day
    Xavier Cooper DT – Washington State @ Visit


    Chris Bonner – CSU-Pueblo @ Pro Day
    Garrett Grayson – Colorado State @ Pro Day
    Tyler Murphy – Boston College @ Visit

    Pro Days with significant attendances by Steeler staff

    Auburn – Colbert
    Colorado State – Fichtner
    Clemson – Colbert, Porter
    Duke – Sarrett
    Florida – Colbert, Tomlin, Munchak, Porter
    Florida State – Colbert, Tomlin, Haley, Lake, Smith
    Kentucky – Tomlin, Haley, Porter
    Louisville – Tomlin, Butler, Porter
    LSU – Colbert. Tomlin
    Miami – Colbert, Tomlin
    Michigan State – Colbert, Tomlin, Lake
    Missouri – Colbert, Tomlin, Butler, Porter
    Nebraska – Olsavsky
    Ohio State – Colbert, Tomlin, Shazier
    Penn State – Haley, Munchak
    Pittsburgh – Butler, Mitchell, Mann, Fichtner, Olsavsky, Porter, Saxon, Munchak
    Virginia – Porter
    Wake Forest – Colbert, Lake
    Washington – Lake
    West Virginia – Munchak

    * – Prospect has a visit scheduled but it has not happened at this stage.
    ** – Local Prospect so visit does not count against teams allocation of 30 players.

    maybe a better list of visits and meetings overall.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 23, 2015
  9. TerribleTowelFlying

    TerribleTowelFlying Staff Member Site Admin

    Oct 12, 2011
  10. GB_Steel

    GB_Steel Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    Thanks Mac, that's a good list.
  11. Steel_Elvis

    Steel_Elvis Staff Member Mod Team

    Nov 4, 2011
  12. Blast Furnace

    Blast Furnace Staff Member Mod Team

    Oct 16, 2011
    I'd much rather they take Rowe over any of those 4 guys.
  13. HugeSnack

    HugeSnack Well-Known Member

    Oct 17, 2011
  14. Steel_Elvis

    Steel_Elvis Staff Member Mod Team

    Nov 4, 2011
    Maybe, but I'd take Quentin Rollins, Byron Jones, PJ Williams (pending thorough vetting) or Nate Orchard over Rowe.
  15. Thigpen82


    Oct 17, 2011
    Not an awful lot of Safety visits. I suppose it's not a huge draft for that position, but it's my main concern going into next year...
  16. GB_Steel

    GB_Steel Well-Known Member

    Oct 20, 2011
    Orchard, really? I haven't heard much press about him, and admittedly only watched one game of his but wasn't stoked about what I saw. Can't argue his production though.
  17. Badboy212

    Badboy212 Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2011
    GB and Mac good I foo. GB you listed 4 sure bet 1st round guys, and those are the ones I see out of our visits. The rest can be had later. At 22 it would almost serve us to trade down to get an extra 3rd, and trade up to the top of the 2nd. Those snagging 2 2nd rounders. Unless one of those "dinner" guys Mac listed falls to us that's what I think will happen.
  18. Steel_Elvis

    Steel_Elvis Staff Member Mod Team

    Nov 4, 2011
    I had to rewatch his tape. There's something there. I think what started to turn my view around was the Stanford tape against Andrus Peat. I would rather trade down a few spots than take any of those guys at 22, but that type of deal may not be available.
  19. Jball

    Jball Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Interesting video on Gregory. The cat that made this video(and others) knows his stuff. The one he did on Jalen Collins is really good. They're football informative , not just player.
  20. Jball

    Jball Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2012
    Here's a really good one on Dupree as well. He's probably risen out of our range anyway , but it's still a good video.

  21. mac daddyo

    mac daddyo Well-Known Member

    Oct 22, 2011
    i feel this draft will be hard to determine based on what type of player butler will demand as opposed to what DL looked for. butler was a headsy player with good instincts. will he want to have OLB'ers with brains plus a decent pass rush and equally decent skills against the run? will he give up some of those traits for flat out speed and pass rush skills? will he want more physical skills over athleticism? will he want flat out athleticism and speed over size? we can figure that into CB skills too. zone, man, size, speed, brains? we just don't know what he prefers yet and what he wants to do with his type of guys. it could be quite different to the types of guys DL liked and we got used to drafting. hard to pinpoint right now.:cool:
  22. Wardismvp

    Wardismvp Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2011
    Lets hope our brain trust hits on some winners/playmakers. To borrow a board phrase
    a Batman and not a Robin LOL I am antique.
  23. TerribleTowelFlying

    TerribleTowelFlying Staff Member Site Admin

    Oct 12, 2011
    Florida linebacker Neiron Ball had a private workout with the Steelers.
  24. TerribleTowelFlying

    TerribleTowelFlying Staff Member Site Admin

    Oct 12, 2011
    Good stuff, J.
  25. Steel_Elvis

    Steel_Elvis Staff Member Mod Team

    Nov 4, 2011
    I love the video on Dupree. I agree with everything in there, and I had even looked at Quinn as a comparison from an edge rushing perspective. I did have an additional observation. Dupree seemed to hesitate at the start of many plays, and I think that's a function of having too much on his plate when coaching time is limited. As a full time pro, he'll get the multiple reads and responsibilities down, and play faster. I personally think he'll go in the top 15, but if he gets to us I think it's a no brainer to take him unless Ray also falls. He will be a beast by 2016.

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