Steelers Schedule Visit With Darian Thompson, Interest In Kamalei Correa

Boise State safety Darian Thompson brings down Hawaii running back Paul Harris, left, in the first half at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. (Joe Jaszewski/Idaho Statesman/TNS)

Tony Pauline, the draft-maestro we look towards during the Pro Day circuit, is dropping knowledge bombs on the Pittsburgh Steelers up at Boise State.

Per Pauline and Walter Football, the Steelers have a future visit scheduled with safety Darian Thompson. Pauline writes he was timed between 4.53 and 4.55, right in line with what I said in the mailbag. His broad and vertical numbers are not known.

Thompson would make the sixth known visit for Pittsburgh and the fifth defensive back.

Pauline gave out two other nuggets of information. The Steelers have reported interest in OLB Kamalei Correa and may look at him with the 25th pick. The team reportedly had dinner with the outside linebacker last night.

He ended with this piece of information about the team’s draft plans.

“The belief from people at Boise State’s pro day is the Steelers will take the best defensive back seven player (safety/cornerback/linebacker) when they are called to the clock in Round 1.”

That could throw a monkey wrench in the idea of taking someone like a Andrew Billings,but the draft is full of different information throughout the process. And as we’ve said before, there is no guarantee Billings falls to 25. The team probably didn’t expect Bud Dupree to drop last year, either.

While the idea of focusing on defense is hardly a surprise, it’s all helping to build a slightly clearer picture of the team’s first round plans. William Jackson III, Mackensie Alexander, and Noah Spence, could all be candidates.

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  • CP72

    Boy Correa us a little undersized for me. I think 25 is WAY to rich for him. I don’t hate adding a pass rusher ever, but I prefer my 3-4 edge linebackers in the 250 to 270 range.

  • crakilla

    Not a first rounder imo

  • Daniel

    Smoke screen

  • Jake Milman

    watch his tape.

  • harding36

    You’re not missing anything. He’s not going to be a Steeler. If we go OLB in the first, it’ll be someone like Dodd or Ogbah, both of whom have 30 pounds on Correa. And Correa’s arms, as you mentioned, are short (about 31 1/2); compared to 35 1/2 for Ogbah and 34 for Dodd.

  • harding36

    I have. It’s not that good.

  • Jake Milman

    I never understood the Billings hype, yeah they kid is a monster, but he’s not suplanting Cam or Tuiit and even then he’s only playing 30% of the snaps if not less. Thompsan, Jackson III or I’d look at Karl Joseph or KJ Dillon. I don’t think Corner is as pressing as a need as the media has hyped it up to be Safety is by far the biggest.

    1. Jackson
    2. Kj Dillion
    3. Ngakoue
    4. J. Jones.

  • CP72

    Plan on it, but he better look like Von Miller to convince me. His “computer” numbers remind me of Jarvis Jones remarkably average numbers.

  • Lambert58

    D. Thompson passes the eye test. He’d look great in the B&G. I think he’d be a steal in the 2nd. Wouldn’t be too upset if he was a 1.

  • Jake Milman

    I just remember watching the Thompson games and seeing the kid all over the place.

  • PittsburghSports

    I always like to add .05 to any Pro Day time, but that’s still a very good improvement for Thompson. The 11.68 long shuttle he posted is not very fast though. I still think he’s a 2nd rd pick, but I wouldn’t hate the pick in rd 1.

    I like Correa a lot, but he lacks counter moves and long arms. Runs up the arc too much. I like Pauline for his rumors, but I don’t always agree with his evaluations. Correa is not a 1st rd pick on tape. I’d say 2nd-3rd rd. Plays mean and fast. Ran a super fast 4.69 and improved his broad to 9’9″ from just 9′ at the combine, and his 4.15 shuttle and 6.78 3-cone check all our boxes. Just those arms that seem too short.

  • Daniel

    Ur wrong on his snaps..kid has a motor to play 50% of the snaps.

  • CP72

    I guessed 4.55 yesterday. I am buying the sick at the combine story now. That’s an excellent 3 cone time!!

    That being said think there’s enough high end safety talent to adress that position in the 2nd or 3rd round.

  • CP72

    Thanks man….this is gonna be my homework tonight.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Sorry all you Thompson haters. Tomlin loves this kid. If he’s there in the 2nd round the Steelers are snatching him up. 🙂

  • PittSteelers

    I’d go
    1. Billings (need someone to in the middle to stop the run)
    2. Thompson (Total ball hawk, can turn the game around)
    3. Miller(shutdown corner capability) or Burns (if he falls that far)

  • dennisdoubleday

    Thinking we shouldn’t take him in the 1st is not being a hater.

  • Biggie

    Smoke and mirror time of year. Take it with a grain of salt. The are likely looking at Correa should he slide down in 2nd to them. Reach in the 1st. He falls after Lawson, Floyd, Dodd, Ogbah, Spence. He’s pretty much a college DE switching to 3-4 OLB who is a straight-line edge rusher/edge defender. Thompson is another up and down the board guy, good but inconsistent between 2-3 rounds.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Anyone on d will only help!

  • kev4heels

    I wouldn’t mind:
    1. William Jackson CB
    2. Darian Thompson SS
    3. Johnathan Hargrave NT
    4. Yannick N’gakoue OLB
    6. Vernon Adams QB
    7. Brandon Wilds RB

  • Addison

    Von Miller was the 2nd pick all around. You can’t expect a Von Miller type at 25 so get that out your head. I’m not trying to be a dick

  • PaeperCup

    But what if he’s there in the first? I’m torn on that one, We could use a player like him, but 25 might be high for him, 58 too low.

  • Jake Milman

    Not doubting his motor, doubting spending a 1st round pick on a guy who’s going to be in a reserve roll 70% of the time.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Would anyone here like jackson in the 1st thompson in the 2nd–D-lineman in the 3rd?

  • Tom Jackson

    Yeah a mid 4.5 is way more in the range of what I thought Thompson would be running in Indy. Pro day numbers are always a little iffy though and hard to gage. And he had terrible numbers throughout the testing so I would wanna know if he did some of those tests again.

    Glad to see us interested in Thompson though because he’s a very talented kid imo. Would love to get him in RND 2 which is where he seemed to be headed after the combine.

  • Al Webber

    He would play a lot more than 30% of the snaps. He would play nickel snaps as well. With him there you would see 3-3-5 nickel some of the time rather than 2-4-5. Long term he would rotate with Heyward and Tuitt in the 2-4-5 nickel so they are not gassed at the end of the game.

  • Daniel

    Did you like mcclendon? Billings is not only a run stuffer but has abilities to rush the passer as well. Something McClendon didn’t have. Billings would be used more and picture billings collapsing the middle than send one of our linebackers on the outside to blitz.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Best defensive back player at 25… So hopefully Karl Joseph

  • PittsburghSports

    Correa was an edge rusher that spent time in 3 point and 2 point stances, and also dropped in coverage a lot. He looked really fluid doing it, as well. He’s more than just a DE, and his athletic ability is top notch. His only issue for me is his pass rushing. Doesn’t seem like he has an effective counter and gets run up the arc a lot.

  • Brian Tollini

    For what it is worth, Gerry Dulac of the PPG said yesterday when asked if he thought the Steelers could target a DL in round 1 of the draft..”No.” I respect his opinion but can’t see how you could eliminate an area of need altogether from consideration, especially with the talent that could be available at pick 25.

  • CP72

    Yeah was over exaggeration to make a point.

  • CP72

    Boy his combine numbers don’t scream super athletic.

  • CP72

    I think Brandon Wilds is very underrated.

    One of the better mocks I have seen!!

  • CP72

    1st Jackson
    2nd Thompson
    3rd Ridgeway

    Would be very happy with that!

  • CP72

    Maybe they feel there will be a talented player there in the 2nd or 3rd rounds.

  • Nick Sabatella

    You said it yourself, the kid is a monster. BPA in effect (Best Player Available). Kid is truly unique at his position and the Steelers value that. Plus as everyone else is saying, he has the ability to do more than just be a nose tackle, and if he is drafted by Pittsburgh we can assume that he will be accordingly.

  • JNick

    I read the article but I can’t for the life of me figure out what this has to do with Brandon Boykin.

  • Brian Tollini

    He is not limited to NT, which is whole reason to be excited about him.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    They are looking at Darian Thompson as a possible Round 2 pick, no way he goes in Round 1.

  • vasteeler

    Yep he’s been saying that for over 2 months now, I completely disagree with his reasoning though

  • CP72

    Lol….thankfully it doesn’t. Dave was thinking about starting a sister site. BOYKIN DEPOT.

  • Mark 4 Steelers

    Thompson & Correa would both be in the 2nd Round discussion, neither would be consdsidered at 25. Anybody suggesting otherwise would be trying to drive up their stock.

  • Lambert58

    Jackson-Thompson 1 & 2 would be a dream scenario. Two pieces that would put us squarely in Super Bowl contention for the next couple years.

  • CP72

    I did some you tube scouting. I just wasn’t blown away.

    He seems to lack power. Think he’d have major edge setting issue. Didn’t see a lot of explosion that you’d want from a guy 243 pounds.

    I think he’d run into the same issue that Jarvis has. He’s not athletic enough to run by NFL left tackles. He also lacks the strength to walk a 300 pound man back.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    When Colbert says the draft is deep at DL I would suggest they will tend to draft one later. If there is a special player in the first it could be at almost any position. But odds are they will find a DL that is a beast in the 2nd or even 3rd round. Like maybe a Rigdeway

    Corriea? Only round 2 or 3

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    With all these dinners, pro-days, and visits I really hope the front office does their homework and get it right this draft

  • Lost Loves

    Huge fan of Thompson. If WJIII is gone, then DL Chris Jones and S Darian Thompson are guys I would want @ 25. I don’t see any OLB that is worth that spot. Jones can challenge for playing time at DT and rotate with the DEs. Thompson is a smart player. You can see it on the field. I saw him get toasted vs Virginia but give credit to the WR. It highlighted Thompson not having top speed but the other Safety took a horrible angle also.
    I like Trae Elston but he will miss some easy tackles that make you shake your head. Keep an eye out for MTSU Safety Kevin Byard. He is a huge Steeler fan and a tremendous player. He isn’t as physical as Thompson but is faster (4.4) and has WR mits. He is a very smart player also. Would love him as a Steeler. Reminds me of Antoine Bethea.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    The key word here is TARGET a DL player. The reality is, the Steelers will rank their draft and determine who the “special” guys will be in their opinion. If we get to our pick and a top Dlineman is on the board, a guy we can’t pass over, target or not, I think we take him.

  • PittsburghSports

    Really? His 4.69 was 3rd fastest of the DL group and faster than any LB over 240 lbs beside Floyd, Perry, and Weatherly, who are all considered super athletic. His pro day 34″ vert, 9’9″ broad, and 4.25 shuttle are all near the top of the DL and LB classes, and that 6.87 3-cone is only bested by 2 players in those classes. What more do you want lol?

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I wonder if Billings, William Jackson, and Mack are gone in the first would they draft Thompson and then Fuller in the second.

  • PittsburghSports

    I’m actually pretty pissed Thompson didn’t compete in the vert, broad, shuttle and 3-cone, because his times were horrible at the combine. I mean his shuttle and 3-cone don’t even pass the OLB criteria Alex had in his study. He did run the long shuttle today and his 11.59 is rather poor. I don’t get it. His 40 looks great, but everything else is shyt.

  • PittsburghSports

    defensive back 7.

  • JNick

    Ogbah is not impressive in the least. I’ll pass.

  • JNick

    Billings isn’t relegated to just the NT role. He would be a versatile DLineman and what we need.

  • JNick

    Jones is not a first round prospect, way too raw. Thompson maybe. Byard would be a nice later round selection.

  • CP72

    NFL.COM has his vert at 33″ and his broad at 108 inches which is 9 feet. No three cone or 20 yard posted.

    4.69 isn’t terrible, but Darien Lee is practically the same size and ran 4.45. Shazier is 5 pounds lightet and ran 4.38. Dupree is 25 pounds heavier and ran 4.56.
    Of your three examples from the combine all are longer or larger players.

    I watched some of him tonight he doesn’t look explosive or twitchy to me.

  • Tom Jackson

    Oh so he did just the 40 and long shuttle… man I’m with you thats disappointing. I absolutely don’t understand how he could possibly stay with his combine numbers if his health really hurt him that much.

    Doesn’t seem that we can legitimately take his combine numbers though considering a 4.5 mid is probably like a 4.6 at the combine which is a significant improvement. Nothing special but ok, I’d guess thats where his numbers would lie near the middle maybe slightly below like I kind of thought before Indy.

  • harding36

    I agree that his tape leaves a lot to be desired; sometimes great, sometimes awful. But his measurables look Steelerish to me.

  • Tom Jackson

    Nice read, never saw you post on here before I feel like I potentially missed something here. Lol I’m right with you on Thompson. Great instincs, even a little better against the pass then the run I thought. Combine really shocked me cause I had his athletic ability kind of in the average range. Pro day suggests that his illness might have effected him a little though.

    Gotta say I’m not a fan of Jones though. I mean he has ridiculous and great plays on tape but he’s inconsistent and I kind of don’t trust him. 5 star player out of high school, tremendous athlete but severly underperformed in college, turns his motor on and off and IIRC isn’t he also just a one year starter(?) as a 5 star player hm… to me he seems like an incredible gifted athlete, who doesn’t put in the time and is kind of lazy. Thats the kind of player that doesn’t seem to work out like ever tbh. Lol

  • PittsburghSports

    He did the bench too, and had 13 reps. An improvement of 1 over his 12 at the combine. That’s it though. He basically sat on all his pedestrian numbers from the combine.

  • Tom Jackson

    So he basically turned in an improved but basically average 40 time, a below average long shuttle and confirmed his bad bench press?! Man I hope at least those interviews go well because thats nothing to brag about. His agent should also take a hike, I mean why wouldn’t he wanna improve on his combine? It’s so so stupid.

  • PittsburghSports

    Look at the article above. There’s a link to the workout numbers from today. Correa had a 34″ vert and a 9’9″ broad today.

    I’m glad you brought up Dupree, because it helps me explain his athleticism. While Dupree is explosive and fast, his shuttle and 3 cone times were not great, while Correa’s show superior fluidity.

    40: Dupree(4.56) Correa(4.69)
    Shuttle: Dupree(4.48) Correa(4.25)
    3-cone: Dupree(7.52) Correa(6.87)

    Correa’s 3 cone is top notch. Regardless to how he compares to Dupree, and Shaq Lawson(who BTW is an early 1st rd pick), look at his number comparisons I just laid out in my previous post. They’re all in the upper tier of the draft class. A 4.69 might not be freakishly fast, but only 5 guys at his weight or above were faster at the combine. 5!

  • CP72

    Yeah where split in the road is at 243 he should be a more fluid athlete. Bud is a biscuit from 270. I can’t for the life of me see how he survives on the edge as 3-4 backer. Small frame, short arms. At 6’2″ he really doesnt have a lot of room to grow. I am not a Floyd fan, but he’s got a frame to add 15 to 20 pounds to if he was so inclined.

    I will agree that’s a great 3 cone. Other than that I don’t find his measurables mind blowing.

  • Trevor

    After what Bud did at 270 last year people expect these 245 pound guys to run faster than him, jump further than him… but that’s unrealistic. Dupree may be one of the top 10 athletes in the NFL and guys only do what he did once every few years.

  • Sdale

    With his 40 time at the pro day, he might not make it to the second round.

  • Sdale

    I hear ya. I think people get too caught up in where other people judge value…i.e. bad at 25, but great at 58. If they think he’s a difference maker and they’re not sure if they can get him in the 2nd, take him in the first. I like that he’s back in the conversation for a 1st now. It’s one more option for a solid, if unspectacular, 1st round pick.

  • Sdale

    That would be a “happy ending” for me.

  • CP72

    If I wanted to take the time I could find a dozen guys with similar numbers to his. Most would be taller and heavier. 5 linebackers heavier than him ran faster this year. I went back and looked and there were 5 heavier last that were faster as well. There’s a quick 10.

    He did have a great 3 cone.

  • Sdale

    Joey Porter played at 248. I would say that Correa’s weight/athleticism is pretty typical of a Steelers OLB. Woodley and now Bud are really outliers at OLB from a historical context. You can’t compare everyone to Bud. He’s a freak show.

  • Sdale

    I assume they’ll make him do those things when he comes in for a visit, but I agree. I don’t see why he wouldn’t do those things unless he was trying to hide a deficiency.

  • CP72

    Look at picture of Peezy and pic of Correa and tell me if you see a similar body type.

  • AndyR34

    With you on Jones…if you watch tape you can see him walking…a LOT! Definitely not a Steeler.

  • Lost Loves

    Thompson is a beast. A more physical Gerod Holliman. Has excellent ball skills and solid in zone awareness. Big hitter and fierce on the field. Love it.
    Not a fan of Correa. Nothing stands out to me. Yes he impressed some in his underwear but watching Thompson’s tapes and he doesn’t do much at all.

  • Lambert58

    That’s what I’m afraid of.

  • CP72

    Went back and looked the only requirement he didn’t meet based on Alex’s study was arm length. Just made it on weight

  • PittsburghSports

    Yep. We need a ROLB though, and they’re typically smaller and drop into coverage about 20% of the time. That’s perfect for Correa, but he’s not my first choice. 2nd-3rd rd.

  • PittSteelers

    No way we go Adams in the 6th. He’ll fall to the 7th maybe even undrafted. Instead I’d go Mike Jordan CB Missouri Western. He shows lot of potential. Otherwise that’s a great draft but I might go Alexander instead of Jackson. I’d be happy with either though.

  • PittSteelers

    Even if it was Joseph instead of Thompson(if Thompsons gone) and Alexander (Ike Taylor 2.0) that still be a great combo.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I like Correa but not in the 1st and I pass on Thompson…just am not a fan.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Yeah that’s what I meant, guess I need to be a little more specific lmao

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    SHR-

    That’s a very good question, and I believe that scenario is likely. If you look at the past few drafts, the positions that tend to be over-drafted in the 1st round are CB and EDGE rushers. The positions that tend to fall are OG and DT.

    One thing to keep in mind is that Colbert is very aware of tiers. By that I mean, if there is a position he views as “deep” he is probably not drafting that position early. He will seek out a position where the draft talent is shallow. That’s why he drafted Cam Heyward where he did.

    I would be disappointed if he drafted any safety at 1.25. There is too much talent in the 2nd round. At least trade down in the 1st if you want a certain safety.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think it’s vital to get the right guy at 25, but the more and more I look at it there is a pool of 2nd round picks that could very well be 1st round talent! Trading down could be a option if those players are gone!