The Steelers have spent the past couple of months meeting with prospects at the combine, pro days as well as bringing them to Pittsburgh for pre-draft visits.
Visits with prospects could mean that the Steelers have serious interest, but it could also just be smoke and mirrors to throw other teams off of their plans. No one will know for sure until the draft plays out.
Despite the draft board is a tightly guarded secret, we have learned from previous years that pre-draft visitations can provide some clues as to who the Steelers could possibly take.
Three pre-draft visits were selected from the 2010 draft. Maurkice Pouncey (first), Emmanuel Sanders (third) and Antonio Brown (sixth) not only remain with the team, but each will be a major part of the offense this season.
In 2011, the Steelers visited with four of their draft picks including Marcus Gilbert (second), Curtis Brown (third), Cortez Allen (fourth) and Keith Williams (fifth). Gilbert and Allen will both start this season with Brown providing depth. They also signed four undrafted free agents that visited.
Last year the Steelers once again selected four of their pre-draft visits including Mike Adams (second), Toney Clemons (seventh), David Paulson (seventh) and Kelvin Beachum (seventh). Adams will start at right tackle this year and Beachum will be their top backup on the offensive line.
What we have learned from the past three drafts is that the Steelers take their prospect visits seriously and that they could have a major impact on this year’s draft class.
Here is a position-by-position look at the Steelers’ pre-draft visits.