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.