Analyzing Pittsburgh Steelers' Pre-Draft Visits

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Analyzing Pittsburgh Steelers' Pre-Draft Visits
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When it comes to predicting who the Pittsburgh Steelers will select in the NFL draft, there are few better indicators than which prospects were brought in for pre-draft visits.

Up to 30 non-local prospects were brought to Pittsburgh as the team gathered their last bits of information in preparation for the draft. This year was no exception, as players rated anywhere from top-15 prospects to those that could potentially go undrafted took a trip to the Steelers’ facilities.

Based on recent history, these visits are very indicative of the players that the Steelers will draft. Dating back to 2010, they have selected 17 players with pre-draft visits. This list includes two first-round selections (Maurkice Pouncey and Jarvis Jones) and three second-round picks (Marcus Gilbert, Mike Adams and Le’Veon Bell).

Last year, Jones, Bell, Shamarko Thomas, Landry Jones, Justin Brown and Vince Williams all were in Pittsburgh prior to the draft. That represents over 66 percent of last year’s draft class.

Will the Steelers continue this trend? We will soon find out once the NFL draft kicks off Thursday night. Until then, here is a position-by-position preview of all of the reported pre-draft visits for the Steelers.

 

Note: All prospect meetings information is courtesy of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (subscription required), WalterFootball.com and Behind the Steel Curtain. All NFL Scouting Combine results are courtesy of NFL.com.

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