CB Ryan Smith Has Pre-Draft Visit Scheduled With Steelers

We now know another player the Pittsburgh Steelers intend to bring in for their pre-draft visits. Cornerback Ryan Smith is expected to make a trip to Heinz Field, according to Aaron Wilson over at National Football Post.

Wilson also notes Smith has visits scheduled with Oakland, Minnesota, and Miami.

Smith is a small-school corner from North Carolina Central but stuck out enough to earn a Combine invite. He performed well, running a 4.47, jumping 36 inches in the vert, and 10’2″ in the broad. Only arm length kept Smith off my study in the types of cornerbacks Pittsburgh drafts. Athletically, he hits every mark.

He was a four year starter for the Eagles with 42 in all. In his career, he’s picked off seven passes and broke the school record by averaging 28.1 yards per kick return.

Pittsburgh does not often take FCS level players. They’ve only drafted four since 2000, Kevin Colbert’s first year. But this visit shows obvious interest and yes, one of those four was Cortez Allen, who attended The Citadel.

Smith is the second cornerback and third defensive back to have a scheduled visit. Corner Tavon Young and safety Jayron Kearse are the other two.

There is no specific date for when Smith will be brought in. Every team gets 30 visits, not including local players. As of today, the Steelers sit at four, with OT Jerald Hawkins the other.

Steelers 2016 Pre Draft Visit Tracker

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  • GoSteelerz

    He’s another DB I had interest in after the combine but I haven’t seen any film of him. Glad we’re looking at players like him. I’d love to see an analysis of him, especially being that we’re bringing him in for a visit!

  • John Hinton

    He passes the eye test. If he can cover, has ball skills and can tackle let’s make this work.

  • Big White

    Gotta’ like 4 year All-Conference.

  • Big Joe

    Hmmm. Never picked up on him. Will have to do some homework now.

  • PittsburghSports

    I barely remember him at the combine. Looks like he has a good click and close in those highlights as well as top speed. Would’ve been lit up by that double move if it was a good pass though. Lance Zierlein and Dane Brugler have write ups on him. Sounds like a late round Slot CB. Not sure why we’re bringing late rd guys in for visits unless we see him as more than that.

  • thomas hmmmm

    KR? What about punt returns?

  • steelburg

    Again I have to agree with you about this move. They are looking at CB’s in the first round and late round CB’s. It seems like they are prepared to take 2 CB’s again. It also seems like they may have decided to move Grant to safety. Mitchell, Golden, Grant rookie, maybe Shamarko as the special teams player only? Gay, Golson, Cockrell, early round rookie, late round special teams rookie. This is what it’s shaping up to be IMO. It revamps the CB group and the safety group with young talent which is what was greatly needed let the best players separate themselves.

  • Alex Kozora

    None. This year was his only as the KR, too.

  • Alex Kozora

    There’s always a wide range of players. Big names and late round kids. Could easily take 2 CBs, especially if the team doesn’t wind up signing one in FA, which sounds likely. Cover your bases.

  • PittsburghSports

    Yeah just took a look at last years visits, and there’s a good handful of late rd-UDFAs. Not very exciting covering your bases lol.

  • Gautama Om

    Alex or Dave can you post a list of all the pre-draft visits with the Steelers. It would help us fans a bit to anticipate some players we might be drafting each round.

  • Matt Manzo

    I’d bet his return ability has a lot to do with it.

  • vasteeler

    Not an immediate starter but you always have to prepare for the future

  • Matt Manzo

    I like his highlight reel better than most this year! I’m sure his return ability sparks most of the interest.
    I really think they’re intention is to solve the kick and punt return situation.
    And they’ll leave no stone unturned.

  • Alex Kozora

    We have a running tab. Just type in “visit” and you’ll see an article come up that lists them all.

  • Consistent

    I like his highlight reel…ON MUTE! His talent jumps out which is always good regardless of the competition

  • BBNC

    As a proud graduate of North Carolina Central University and life long Steeler fan, I hope this young man does well in his football career and further hope that he becomes a part of the Steelers and Steeler Nation!!!

  • Steve Johnson

    I think the Steelers will draft two CB’s, possibly three. I still think he’s a tab too small, but it looks as though Tomlin likes these type of players. 6th RD?

  • thomas hmmmm

    hmm then that diminishes his value for me.. If I knew Golson was an outside corner then I would take a shot at him, but not knowing where Golson will play, having 3 slot cb’s and 0 outside guys or two slot guys and 1 outside guy makes no sense.

  • John Pennington

    Hey he has the look of player who could help in the kicking game and in the secondary.Players like this u stock pile this is what the team needs players

  • Steve Johnson

    Yes! On Mute, some of the language used was disgusting!

  • Shane Mitchell

    Draft three? Why? If I told you they have over 20 players hitting FA in 2017 and doubt they can resign half of them would you still spend so many picks on CBs,this year?

  • Craig M

    Height and weight? Isn’t he kind of light?

  • CP72

    Lol….covering guys that work at Costco now. He was obviously more physically gifted than anyone he played against.

  • CP72

    Yes if he can do those three things that would be good….lol.

  • CP72

    Remember though it’s like watching Dri Archer’s tape in the MAC. It’s a lower level of competition, so good athletes look great.

  • Big White

    Mel Blount, Darrell Green, and Aeneas Williams as well.

  • jujudoublestuff

    Whatever man, bring in as many as they can. Let them fight it out.

  • Steve Johnson

    I’m not sure if I would draft three or not. I haven’t looked that far out, I just hope whoever they draft in the secondary is worth a D! I’m sick of them drafting duds.