The Pittsburgh Steelers have already started lining up their pre draft visits and after already hearing that Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson will be coming to town, it looks like Michigan State top-rated cornerback Darqueze Dennard also has a visit planned as well.
“The Steelers and Cincinnati,” Dennard said on Thursday, when asked what teams he currently has visits scheduled with. “I’m not sure about the rest. My agent just gives me my schedule on Sunday and tells me where I’m going. It’s tough because I’m also in school right now, planning on finishing up in May (with a degree in communications).”
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin were both present for Dennard’s Pro Day over a week ago and when you consider the team is expected to take a cornerback in the early rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, Dennard’s scheduled visit to the Southside doesn’t come as a surprise.
Dennard excels at press-man coverage and while a bit undersized at just under 5’11″, he thinks he can cover all types of receivers.
“I can handle all of them. None of them really give me problems,” he said Thursday.
Dennard ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine last month and reportedly had a good showing at his Pro Day, where he recorded a 36″ vertical jump and an 11’2″ broad jump.
The Steelers are allowed 30 out of area pre draft visitors between now and the draft.