Steelers Host Minnesota S Brock Vereen, South Carolina WR Bruce Ellington For Friday Pre Draft Visits

The Pittsburgh Steelers are again hosting a few more players for pre draft visits on Friday as it is being reported that Minnesota safety Brock Vereen and South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington are both in town.

Vereen, who measured in at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine at 5115 and 199 pounds, finished the 2013 regular season with 56 tackles, one interception, six passes broken up, one forced fumble and 2.5 tackles for loss. He ran a 4.47 40-yard dash in Indianapolis and did 25 reps on the bench. He is projected by many to be a day-three draft pick. He is also the younger brother of Patriots running back Shane Vereen.

Ellington, who measures in at 5093 and 197 pounds, ran a 4.45 40-yard dash in Indianapolis and also posted a respectable 39.5″ vertical jump. In 2013, Ellington was South Carolina’s top receiver with 49 catches for 775 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned five kickoffs for a 21.6-yard average and three punts for a 5.3-yard average.

  • steeltown

    Vereen sort of reminds me of a Robert Golden type except faster, about the same size and played both Safety and CB in college

  • kev4heels

    Guarantee they love Ellington. The guy works balls to the wall and plays extremely hard. Was the PG on the b-ball team as well. Watched him play since he was a freshman. He is not a #1 type WR, but could be good slot or #3 IMO.

  • Steelers12328882

    Wow! Vereen looked horrible in that video. UDFA.

  • SteelersDepot

    Initial thing that sticks out about Ellington is his willingness to block.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Wow! I was thinking “Not another small WR!” Instead this Ellington is quite the surprise. Man, he will give it all he’s got. Did you see him block that big LB near the goal line? He knew he was going to get hammered, but he pulled a Walter Payton and launched himself at him. I know it doesn’t look pretty when he ends up flying backwards, but he got the bloody job done and there was enough room for the RB to get in for the TD. Man, I love people like that, willing to do anything — whatever it takes.

    I would bet this little guy blocks better than most of the 6’2″ WR’s.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Absolutely! And he’s smart enough to realize that he need not pancake a guy to make a effective block.

  • 20Stoney

    After watching that, the biggest thing I take away is that he’s willing to block.

  • 243546

    Big Bruce Ellington fan. He was also the starting point guard for the SC basketball team. Great burst, and short area quickness.

  • Jeff Anoble

    Steelers love to get with the times. Still looking at CBs with no ball skills, and WRs auditioning for the next smurf movie. And they wonder why no turnovers on defense and trouble scoring on offense in the redzone.

  • stellarsfan

    South Carolina Alumni here! I’ve watched this kid play every saturday for the past few years. Something that doesn’t usually manifest itself in highlight reels is a players clutch instinct. And this guy always made those kind of plays. Even when Alshon Jeffery/Ace Sanders were on the roster, Ellington always seemed to be the most heady, clutch receiver. If the Steelers wait on WR in the draft, Ellington might be this years trademark mid/late round gem at the position.
    Side note: his cousin Andre is probably gonna be the new starting HB in AZ with mendenhall’s retirement