Penn State tight end Jesse James has several visits and workouts scheduled with teams ahead of the 2015 NFL Draft and according to Tony Pauline of draftinsiders.net, the Pittsburgh Steelers are on his calendar.
Jesse James/TE/Penn St visits/workouts scheduled with Pittsburgh Steelers, GB Packers, SD Chargers, Philadelphia Eagles, Baltimore Ravens
— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) April 13, 2015
James, who registered 38 catches for 396 yards and three touchdowns last season, is from Glassport, PA, so his visit isn’t likely count against the 30 the Steelers are allowed to have prior to the draft.
James started 31-of-36 games at Penn State and caught a total of 78 passes for 1,005 yards and eleven touchdowns, having hauled in 64.46% of the passes targeted to him, according to scout Dave-Te Thomas.
James also was an effective blocker at Penn State as he was credited with 261 knockdowns/key blocks and 27 touchdown-resulting blocks in those 36 games that he played in. Last season he was a Mackey Award semi-finalist.
After measuring in at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine at 6-7, 261-pounds, James ran a 4.89 second 40-yard dash time with a 1.66 second 10-yard split. He posted a 4.37 second 20-yard shuttle time and a 32-inch vertical jump. He also bench pressed 225 pounds 28 times. He has 33 1/8-inch arms and 10 1/4-inch hands.
Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was present at the Penn State Pro Day last month.
The Steelers appear set to draft a tight end this year and have already had several in for pre-draft visits.