Steelers Bring Four Players In Wednesday For Pre Draft Visits

The Pro Days are over and the pre draft visits are now in full swing for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they hosted four players on Wednesday.

According to several media reports, outside linebackers Eli Harold of Virginia and Nate Orchard of Utah were both in town Wednesday as were Auburn tight end C.J. Uzomah and  Mississippi cornerback Senquez Golson.

It should be noted that Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was present for Harold’s March Pro Day. The Virginia native Harold recorded 54 tackles in 2014 that included seven sacks and a team-high 14.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

As for Orchard, he led the nation in sacks last season with 18.5 and finished fourth with 21.0 stops-for-loss. He also tallied 84 tackles this past season.

The Steelers will likely bring in several more outside linebackers and cornerbacks in for visits over the course of the next several weeks as those positions are likely to be addressed early buy the team, in the upcoming 2015 NFL Draft.

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2015/02/2015-nfl-draft-player-profiles-virginia-deolb-eli-harold/

http://www.steelersdepot.com/2015/01/2015-nfl-draft-player-profiles-utah-deolb-nate-orchard/

  • PittsburghSports

    I was wondering when I’d hear some interest in Nate Orchard.

  • Vinhuddle

    I remember seeing Eli Harold play several times this past season, was really impressed by some of the plays he made, and thought this guy could be a mid rd steal. I’m disappointed lately seeing his projection so high.IMO, #22 is a little early and he’d be gone by #57.

  • steeltown

    Ok…the draft season has officially begun for me.

  • Steel PAul

    Starting to think Nate Orchard may be the second round pick, as long as they don’t bite on Dupree in the first.

    Here’s hoping for Peters in round 1 and Orchard in the second.

  • falconsaftey43

    Just to clarify, Uzomah is a TE not a RE.

  • steeltown

    Exactly how I feel, 22nd is a little too high, but no way he lasts till mid-late 2nd Rd

  • He’s #42 on Luke’s Big Board, and Chris picked him in Round 2 of his recent mock, so he’s gotten some attention at least here. Certainly a possibility for the second round, if they like him. Seems to offer good value in the second tier of OLBs.

  • SteelersDepot

    typo. that damn R is way too close to the T

  • Dalton Gifford

    I would love peters at 1.22 and orchard at 2.56

  • JNick

    I don’t think Orchard is there in the second, but he is really the only 2nd tier OLB I like.

  • steelburg

    I’m not that big on Nate Orchard in the 2nd. He reminds me of Shawn Lemon who we just picked up from the CFL. From what I’m seeing on tape and reading they seem to be very similar players. I would love Eli Harold in the 2nd if he is still there.

  • Steel PAul

    Really? Do tell..

    He seems like the perfect candidate for what the Steelers like – junior, team captain, monster year in 2014..

    Plus Dave-Te said he’s a good prospect. Compared him to Worilds but seems to like him better.

  • PittsburghSports

    Yeah, I was just talking about hearing news about interviews, workouts, pro days and dinners and and stuff like that. Seems like they’ve already talked with every other top LB, so I was hoping I’d hear his name among the invites.

  • puCrepeaP

    Still no Dupree? I like Harold and Orchard, but both I feel would be a reach at 22. Orchard in the second I think would be a steal, as would Harold obviously.

  • PittsburghSports

    I would too. I have a feeling neither will last though.

  • SnoopDogg123

    I’m a big fan of Golson. Scrappy, productive, physical, & loves football.. He sounds like a Tomlin type of player.

  • kev4heels

    guys fall every year though. he would have thought Tuiit would be available last year in the 2nd?

  • kev4heels

    1. kevin johnson CB
    2. eli harold olb
    3. ali marpet og
    4. adrian amos s
    5. doran grant cb
    6. blake bell te
    6b. corey crawford dl
    7. kyle christie p

  • PittsburghSports

    Good player. 10 ints, but also gave up 5 TD passes.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m having a head time choosing between Harold and Orchard!
    I feel like they’re both similar rushing the pass and lacking in the run dept.
    I guess whoever has the most strength and pass rushing “moves”, wins?

  • steelburg

    Well if you go and look at nfl combine scouting report of Orchard and then read Steelers depot scouting report of Lemon they are very similar players. You tube has tape of Orchard and Lemon that you can watch. I think Lemon might be a little more quicker and faster then Orchard. I also think that right now Lemon is the better player of the two. I think Orchard is a fringe 2nd round player who could easily fall to the 3rd which is where I think he should be taken.

  • Steel PAul

    Good stuff, thx for sharing steelberg!

  • LucasY59

    they already have Blake, so I dont think they need another smaller guy unless they think Golson could be a good Slot/Nickel guy.

  • LucasY59

    Uzomah could be a decent UDFA, but probably no better than Blanchflower and maybe worse, they are definitely looking at TE’s this draft (even tho the Talent level is marginal at the position) Clear and Uzomah would be Spaeth replacements at best, both are blockers that would be poor pass catchers (but are pretty good blockers so have some value)

  • SnoopDogg123

    How long will Blake be around? Or William Gay?

  • LucasY59

    Blake could be around for awhile, I am hoping they give him a 3 yr deal to lessen the cap hit on the RFA Tender, Gay might be around another 3 yrs as well, unless his play drops off and/or the young guys (like possibly Golson) become good enough players that he is a expendable player, but other than Gay they don’t have a Vet at the CB position, so again I think he could be around awhile

  • steeltown

    VERY true

  • steeltown

    I would take Harold over Orchard, the question is the value at where they are being projected. Harold is a fringe 1st Rder and Orchard is clearly a 2nd Rder

  • steelburg

    No problem. When you check some of that stuff out I would like to know your opinion of the two.

  • Heather Danis

    I understand why some folks like Harold but, of the two, I think Orchard has the better upside. I still gravitate towards Preston Smith despite his mid-4.7 speed. I just don’t think he’ll be there when we pick in 2nd.

  • Heather Danis

    That’s my problem too. He’s scrappy and a playmaker, but he’s only 5’8″ at 175lbs. We already have concerns about the 5’9″ CB’s on the team, especially against taller AFC North WRs or those around the league who we’ll play. Adding another smaller one, if indeed he is selected, just seems like we’re asking for trouble. I’m just not sure his playmaking ability outweighs is height limitation; however, if playmakers in the secondary in the dime is what we want with a 4th/5th round pick, then I’ll buy it.

  • Steel PAul

    Okay so I watched highlights of Lemon. I had never seen him play. Of course when all you see is highlights, it’s hard to really judge a player when all they do is make great plays.

    He’s impressive as hell though. Hard to tell if he can disengage with a large tackle because he always seems to run around them. Glad I took a look. He’s a guy who could actually help! So thanks for that.

    As for Orchard, I still really like him. I watched him play in the Senior Bowl and a couple of other games this past season. Not sure why I thought he was a junior when I watched him in theSENIOR BOWL lol.. But he lit up the week of the Senior bowl playing multiple positions, standing up and with an arm down and was one of the best guys out there. He also has a knack for causing fumbles.

    Recent history suggests excelling at the senior bowl is a very good sign. I hope we take Orchard and add him as well. Never know how JJ is going to turn out.. 🙂

  • steelburg

    Nice I’m glad you checked that stuff out. But I agree it’s hard to get a gauge on Lemon’s weaknesses watching his highlights but that’s when I relied on steelers depot break down of his weaknesses to give me a gauge of the areas he struggles in. But like I was saying the other day I’m not against Orchard I just think he is a 3rd rounder rather then a 2nd rounder.

  • Steel PAul

    Yeah I could see him going late 2nd/early third. But I don’t see many other strong edge rushers in that range.

    Bigger question to me is whether the Steelers would actually use a 1st round pick on a CB. If so, BIG IF, would they take a chance on Peters?