Steelers Draft Prospects: Ohio State TE Jeff Heuerman Among Trio In Town Tuesday For Visits

The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing to look hard and heavy at tight ends and on Tuesday the team had two more of them in for pre-draft visits.

Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman and tight end Kennard Backman out of Alabama- Birmingham were visitors Tuesday along with Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper.

Heuerman, who is expected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, made it know over the weekend that he was headed to Pittsburgh for a visit. The 6-5, 254-pound tight end registered 52 catches for 792 yards and seven touchdowns during his college career.

Backman had way better receiving numbers as he registered 96 catches for 979 yards and nine touchdowns during his college career. It’s likely that he will go undrafted later this month.

The Steelers have now welcomed five tight ends to Pittsburgh for pre-draft visits, the most of any one position. The others that visited were C.J. Uzomah, Wes Saxton and Cameron Clear.

Cooper, a 6-3, 293-pound defensive end prospect, started all 25 games over the last two years and posted 23 tackles for loss during that time. Like Heuerman, he is projected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Thanks Dave. I thought Cooper would probably go earlier. I certainly hope they consider him if he’s still available in the mid rounds.

  • PittsburghSports

    Dang! They are dead set on getting a TE, drafted or undrafted.

  • PittsburghSports

    I have him going about 3rd rd.

  • JohnB

    I like Heuerman. not as a top pick but he’s kind of like a young Heath id take in a later round.

  • steeltown

    Yea.. he’s grown on me

  • SteelcurtainPA

    Heuerman is the TE I’d like to see us take. Kid is an outstanding blocker, and is more athletic than Heath was as a younger player. He would be a great addition to the team. Love his versatility, the Steelers don’t need a pass-catching TE, as touches in our offense will be hard to come by with AB, Bell, Bryant, Wheaton.

  • ApexSteel

    From what I watched Cooper was a bit of a monster.

  • tcirish53@gmail.com

    Soooooooo……. TE in the 4th and DE in the 5th huh? That leaves the first three rounds to get two OLBs and a CB right? Or is it the other way around, with the second OLB coming late (Emmanuel in the 6th or 7th?)?
    It seems that, beyond CB and OLB, the #3 priority is TE and that feels correct to me, with DE hard on it’s heels.

  • I am intrigued by Jeff Heuerman!

  • Steelers_DaBus

    the kid id a freak , smart and a great blocker