Steelers Latest Round Of Pre Draft Visitors Are All Defensive Backs

The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing to host pre draft visitors on Tuesday as Connecticut corner Blidi Wreh-Wilson, safety Duke Williams, FSU cornerback Xavier Rhodes, William & Mary cornerback B.W. Webb and LSU cornerback Tharold Simon are all visiting.

Wreh-Wilson, who measures in at 6006, 195 pounds, missed the bulk of the 2011 season with a knee injury, but returned in 2012 to have a strong senior season and was named to the All-Big East second team. He played mostly outside while at Connecticut, but does have some experience playing in the slot. While not a great tackler, Wreh-Wilson is projected to be drafted in the second or third round later this month. At the combine he posted a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash, 1.64 10-yard dash, 2.66 20-yard dash, 4.12 20-yard shuttle, 11.56 60-yard shuttle, 6.97 three-cone drill, 36-inch vertical jump, 10’8” broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times.

Williams, who measured in at the combine at 5110, 203 pounds, posted a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash at the combine as well as a 1.58 10-yard dash, 2.55 20-yard dash, 4.00 20-yard shuttle, 11.66 60-yard shuttle, 7.17 three-cone drill, 37 ½-inch vertical jump, 10’6” broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds. He recorded 106 tackles, 17 pass deflections, two interceptions and a touchdown in 2012.

Rhodes, a first round prospect, measured in at the combine at 6014 and weighed 210 pounds. He posted a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, 1.56 10-yard dash, 2.50 20-yard dash, 4.31 20-yard shuttle, 7.34 three-cone drill, 40 ½-inch vertical jump, 11’0” broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times.  In his 44 games played at FSU, Rhodes had 140 total tackles, 23 pass breakups, 8 interceptions and one forced fumble.

Simon, who is expected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round later this month, had 45 tackles last season and led LSU in interceptions (four) and passes broken up (nine) in 13 games. He is a well put together cornerback and measured in at the combine at 6020, 202 pounds. He only, however, ran a 4.51 40-yard dash in Indianapolis, which he lowered to 4.47 at his pro day in March. He is not regarded as a great press cornerback and is better suited for zone heavy defensive systems.

Webb, a 5102, 184 pound cornerback out of William and Mary, posted a 4.46 in the 40-yard dash, 1.55 10-yard dash, 2.50 20-yard dash, 3.84 20-yard shuttle, 11.06 60-yard shuttle, 6.82 three-cone drill, 40 ½-inch vertical jump, 11’0” broad jump and bench pressed 225 pounds 14 times at the combine. In 48 games, he recorded 151 total tackles, 11 interceptions, 19 pass breakups and one forced fumble. In addition to his play at cornerback, Webb also returned 70 punts for 604 yards and two touchdowns, and 13 kickoffs for 207 yards. Webb is likely best suited to play in the slot at the NFL level and possibly even outside in a pinch.

  • David Edward

    Rhodes is obviously the pick of that litter, but I don’t think he’ll get to 17. He’s the #2 corner behind Milliner. One thing these visits do though is clear up any doubt about whether or not the Steelers would draft a CB.

  • zyzak

    In today’s NFL teams need as many of these as they can get

  • reg38

    I just don’t see the Steelers picking a CB in the first 4 rounds.

  • NW86

    It’s interesting how many CB’s they are meeting with. I (and I think most of us) didn’t really see CB as even one of the top 5 areas of need. I realize with Lewis gone there may be a need for another depth and developmental guy, but I would have put S, WR, RB, OLB, ILB, and TE ALL ahead off CB on the priority list.

  • Isaac Reveles

    I think VanDyke is going to be better this year. Lake has done good things with the CBs

  • steeltown

    Due diligence.. for all we know maybe they hadnt met with too many DB’s at the combine or at prodays, maybe because they were focusing on other positions.

    If Rhodes is still there at #17 they might pull the trigger, so they would want to meet him.. ALL others are 3rd – 6th Rd prospects and we all know they sometimes like to draft mid-Rd DB’s… nothing new here

  • steeltown

    I agree. Van Dyke most likely will be 5th on the depth chart, behind C.Brown and he should also be a gunner on special teams units.. I see him making the final roster, unless we draft CB in the earlier Rds

  • Donny Simmons

    This is my first mock- 1st Kenny V. s-Texas, 2nd Khaseem Greene ILB Rutgers, 3rd Ryan Swope WR Texas A&M, 4th Brandon Jenkins OLB Florida St., 5th Chris Faulk OT LSU , 6th-a Josh Boyce Wr TCU, 6th-b Michael Ford RB LSU, Ray Ray Armstrong FS ex-Miami. What do you guys think?

  • $19122620

    I find it highly unlikely we draft Rhodes. They are probably just doing their diligence on a prospect they haven’t gotten a chance to really know and interview. Or maybe it is a smoke screen. After all there are about 4 teams who draft after us who have CB needs and if Rhodes where to unexpectedly fall to the Steelers another team may be interested in trading up with the Steelers to draft him.

    I say all this because I remember reading a couple different times that Rhodes excels in press coverage but doesn’t play very well in zone coverage. Not only that but all the other CB prospects we have brought in besides Rhodes are of the late 3rd-5th variety. Lastly because past drafts have shown that we just don’t take CBs in the 1st. For example, in 2011 when CB was maybe our most pressing need we brought in a few 1st to late 1st round prospects and still ended up drafting two CBs in the 3rd and 4th. With that said, I suspect we will draft one in the 4-6 range.

  • David Edward

    Hi Donny. Here’s my feedback:
    Vaccaro – since it’s a deep year for safety, I’m not sure it’s great value picking one @17.
    Greene – unlike S, it’s not a deep year for ILB (seldom is) and I think Greene fits better as a WLB in a 43. I’d rather have Arthur Brown @17 or Jon Bostic @79.
    Swope – the 4.34 @ the combine was impressive but he doesn’t play that fast, he’s an ok fallback if they can’t get one of the top 12 or so WRs.
    Jenkins – not bad but there are other OLB I like better in mind rounds…Jenkins may be gone by pick 115 too.
    Faulk – they likely will need OT depth unless they sign Starks back. Ok with Faulk.
    Boyce – I think he can be a fast version of Hines, but he’ll be gone by 6th…probably will go in 4th or 5th. Plus, they won’t pick two WR.
    Ford – I do like him and see him as a bit of a sleeper pick in this draft. Don’t think they’ll wait this long for RB though.
    Ray Ray – I’m generally against picking guys with character issues. Also, I think they will take a CB at some point…and a DL.

  • steeltown

    I like your 2nd – 6th Rd picks… not to say I dont like Vaccaro, just think this is one of the deepest drafts for Safeties in recent years and im not sure he’ll be best player available at #17… and as David mentioned, I’m also not sure they’ll want to wait that long to draft a RB

  • Donny Simmons

    David, I do like Rambo and Reid at FS and I’m with you on safety in round but I don’t like Patterson in the 1st and 17 is to early for Hopkins. That left me with Vaccaro, Womack, or Cooper and as much as I would love one of the top guards I’m not sure they will do that 2 years in a row. Keep a eye on Kevin Reddick ILB from UNC in the 3rd.

  • Clint Martin

    Please take Simon 6’2″ big body physical corner 4th round.

  • GoSteelerz

    How about safety Rontez Miles from CU of PA? From the game film I saw of him, he looked pretty good, especially for a small school prospect, and he’s in “our own back yard!” I don’t know who else may be looking at him, maybe we could get him late or have him come in as an undrafted free agent.

  • GoSteelerz

    I hope he performs well and moves up on the depth chart a little bit. From some film I saw of him, he does a superior job of staying with receivers, he just needs to get his head around A LOT quicker to have a chance to make a play on the ball. If Lake can get get him to do this, he could be a pleasant surprise for us at corner this year.

  • steeltown

    I agree… I remember when a guy named Keenan Lewis was being shunned by steeler nation and labeled a bust.. Lake helped him turn that proverbial corner, who knows.. could happen again