Steelers Bring OLB Randy Gregory, WR Devin Gardner In For Pre-Draft Visits

The Pittsburgh Steelers had two more players in for pre draft visits on Thursday as Nebraska edge rusher Randy Gregory and Michigan wide receiver Devin Gardner are both in town talking with the organization.

Both visits have been rumored for the past few weeks. Teams in the mid to later part of the first round have been anxious to talk to Gregory following the news of his marijuana use, potentially lowering his draft stock. The former Cornhusker is a two year starter who recorded ten tackles for loss and seven sacks in 2014. He has a thin build and questions exist about his ability to play the run.

Gardner, who measures in at 6-3, 218 pounds, is converting to wide receiver after playing quarterback at Michigan. He ran a 4.62 40 at Michigan’s Pro Day. At Michigan,  Gardner struggled in 2014, throwing 15 interceptions to only ten touchdowns. A dual-threat, he rushed for 24 touchdowns during his career. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him change positions at the next level, similar to what is expected of Tyler Murphy, who was brought in for a visit last week.

  • Lucas Campbell

    Wonder if the trickery will be brought back with Gardner if he’s drafted…Randle El 2.0?

  • Anthony Tudi

    Gardner is definitely interesting. Very athletic but can he catch? Could probably return kicks

  • steeltown

    Not a fan of either

  • steeltown

    Thinking the same thing

  • ApexSteel

    I can’t see Gregory making it to 22. I’d welcome it though. I don’t want Gardner at all though. Terrible QB and wide out in college.

  • Timothy Rea

    Yeah we don’t need a tall skinny OLB. Hopefully, some other team drafts him before us.

  • PittsburghSports

    Well, there’s some polar opposites. Maybe a little of Gardner’s character will rub off on Gregory.

  • Jason White

    That has been my thought as well. I really don’t know if the front office would consider someone in the first with character concerns like that. Especially that he has a habit of it. I think he is overrated to begin with but I don’t personally want to find out as a Steelers fan.

  • Matt Manzo

    What round is Gardner projected, as a WR? If it’s later I’d be fine with seeing if he can be a taller Randle-El!

  • afrazier9

    I watched him play and though he is athletic for a QB not a WR and he runs like he has bricks in his pocket.

  • The Notorious TOM

    That’d be pretty exciting, our offense is already pretty multi-dimensional.

  • michaelinchains

    IF Gregory gets into the 20s id bet cincy grabs him at 21

  • The Notorious TOM

    I’m thinking New Orleans or Cleveland are feeling brave since they got two 1’s to spend.

  • William Weaver

    He can’t throw anywhere near as well as Randle-el. Antwan threw for 5,000 yards in college. AB throws better then Gardner. AB was a QB in high school.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Yeah, but as a rookie, he’s guaranteed to play special teams. Which means there will ALWAYS be a chance for the Steelers to pull a trick play with Gardner throwing the ball on a fake punt, for instance.

    You can’t tip off another team when the player potentially performing the trick play has to be on the field anyway.

  • Lucas Campbell

    Still started at a big-time Division 1 school at qb…we wouldn’t need him to throw, just like the Pats don’t need Edelman to..just adds an element of trickery to make our offense even more potent

  • William Weaver

    You would be better off signing Tebow. At least he is thick enough to block. Gardner is skinny. Couldn’t be on punt team.

  • mercadojglb

    Maybe the Steelers are interested in Gregory in the 2nd round if he drops to them. The fact that they schedule a visit with him after the positive test was reveal says alot.

  • JNick

    I would rather not have a bad college QB attempting trick throws in the NFL. I’ll pass on Gardner. We already have a player (Archer) who was brought in for his “special”skillset.

  • NinjaMountie

    Honestly..I could never figure out why they kept starting him. He stunk. I guess that’s why harbs is there now lol.

  • Louis Goetz

    Gardner is expected to be an undrafted free agent. He’s ranked between the 58th and 66th best WR in the draft depending on whose rankings you’re looking at (CBS has him at 58; ESPN has him at 60; NFL has him at 66). Maybe he agreed to drive Gregory around and that’s why everyone thinks he’s coming in for his own visit.

  • Double R

    Nice! Yes, it is ok to smoke, just dont smoke while driving, thats a DUI!

  • Steve

    Hines Ward also played QB for the Georgia Bulldogs besides WR and HB.

  • Louis Goetz

    I’m betting Cleveland tries to sell those #1s to get Mariotta.

  • cp72

    We don’t have to be tricky anymore. We might have to score 35 to win though.

  • The Notorious TOM

    I would hate that for Johnny but that would be the Cleveland Browns thing to do.