Steelers Bring In Four For PreDraft Visits

It’s that time of year. Four players are officially being brought in by the Pittsburgh Steelers for their pre-draft visits today, according to Ray Fittipaldo, who has the details.

Hawkins and Cash have already been rumored and on our list of visits. Our Josh Carney placed a mid-second round grade on Cash a month ago and either way, he isn’t likely to make it past Day Two of the draft.

White played in 48 games for Georgia Tech and our Luc Polglaze considers him to be a 4th rounder. Luc liked his physicality but noted his inconsistencies in coverage.

While we don’t have an official scouting report on Deon Bush yet, I’ve watched four games of him. Though he can be a little too reckless, he’s one of the hardest hitting safeties in this year’s draft and could go in the 3rd-4th round range.

Adding White and Bush to our list, we now know ten of the team’s 30 pre-draft visits. Nine of them have been devoted to defensive backs, counting Cash and Jatavis Brown as such.

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  • PittsburghSports

    I was looking at the Senior CBs after that tendency article yesterday, and I noticed D.J. White’s name. Haven’t looked him up otherwise.

  • Lost Loves

    Ball hawk CB who gambles. Solid tackler and plays with swag. I like that entire list.

  • PittsburghSports

    Just reading Luc’s profile on him. Says he’s a press CB that looks lost in off coverage.

  • PittsburghSports

    Just watched some of the NFLPA Bowl, and there’s no way Jatavis Brown is a Safety. He’s 100% LB with outstanding speed.

  • Alex Kozora

    Like Cash, he’s likely to try to fit into that hybrid mold.

  • PittsburghSports

    I think he’s a Will or a Mack. He sifts through traffic rather easily. Not an edge rusher despite all those sacks, but I think he’ll have no problem as an off the ball LB.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    The more I look at it and pay attention to who we have interest in, I’m starting to think we will go the hybrid LB/S route!

  • vasteeler

    Brown can play any linebacker position, he’s also shown the flexibility to cover the slot, converting him to safety would be a big mistake

  • CP72

    Last year they started subbing Timmons out on passing downs. Maybe the plan is to add one of these types to play sub packages.

    By he way… that makes Timmons a very expensive two down player.

  • Biggie

    I like Cash alot, the rest are 3rd round on guys, some of whom could be interesting

  • CP72

    What do you like about Cash? Not picking a fight just want an opinion. I don’t see a full time player myself.

  • CP72

    Now I gotta watch the Shrine game again and pay attention to Deon Bush. Just finished watching Hargrove.

    BTW the safety I noticed in the shrine game that was all over the place… Michael Caputo. I bet he had a dozen tackles and a pick six. He only played half the time. You draft him late and you could get at least a core special teams player.

  • PittsburghSports

    I just saw Alex talking about hybrid players the other day on twitter when discussing Killebrew and Cash, so I know that’s why he just mentioned the hybrid buzzword, but I think labeling Jatavis Brown a hybrid player because he’s 5’11” is inaccurate. You watch him on tape and he’s a LB. He’d fit in great in a 43 as a Will, a 34 as a Mack, and has the speed to play in sub packages and never leave the field.

  • PittsburghSports

    @Alex_Kozora Mar 31
    ” 6.2% overall (including playoffs). But 10.4% post bye week.”

    That’s the percentage we played Dime and used an extra Safety instead of a MLB.

  • CP72

    Good stuff….didn’t know the exact numbers, but remember Timmons snaps dropping at the end of the year. Not usually a trend that reverses itself.

  • CP72

    These weird body types the Steelers are looking at kind of throws me off.

    After 30 years of being a Steelers fan I use to be able to look at defensive guy and tell if he’d be someone we’re interested in. Now we look at 4-3 Lineman, 4-3 linebackers….it’s maddening.

  • The Notorious TOM

    Yeah Caputo’s great. Pittsburgh kid too.

  • Alex Kozora

    Sure, Brown could play in a 4-3. But these aren’t mutually exclusive. If you’re a team looking to run that hybrid front, could Brown fit in? He probably fits that unique role well and that’s why we mention him there. Because there aren’t a ton of guys who check those boxes.

  • PittsburghSports

    I’m just saying he’s not a Safety. Whatever defense you run. I just watched like 5 or 6 games of his and he’s lining up at Will in a 43 or inside in the Nickel. He does a good job in coverage too. He does everything well though, including evading blockers and sifting through traffic to make tackles. I’m not overly concerned about his height and weight where I’d say he has to be a Hybrid player because he won’t hold up as a LB. I could see him playing Mack in our 34/Nickel and playing Golden’s role in the Dime too.

  • PittsburghSports

    I guess that’s just the evolution of the Nickel defense. 2 years ago Shazier seemed way too small to play MLB for us. I know he’s gained some weight since then, but the days of having Levon Kirkland in the middle are over lol. I really think Jatavis is just a good LB, and his size limitations will hurt him, but in defenses that concern themselves more with speed and coverage, he can easily find a home in the NFL with any team, and not be labeled a hybrid player like Jeremy Cash will likely be stuck as.

  • Alex Kozora

    Agreed. Not a true safety. Right in the same boat as Cash.

  • GoSteelerz

    In my mock drafts, I never pick Caputo, and he’s almost always available down to the last pick. However, I do like him, and if we got him, I would definitely not be upset at all about that. I see him being a solid long term special teamer at worst. Seems like a smart player that needs to clean up his game and finish better/more consistently to be a good pro. I think he can do that and at least be a contributor at the next level.

  • Brian Miller

    Don’t watch the FSU game for Bush, it is ugly.

  • natty

    Brown would have to add weight to play LB. He looks small on tape and a comparison to James H in nasty streak is ok, but Harrison is a black swan in all aspects of a 3/4 outside LB.
    I agree he is not a safety in any defense, Golden role in Dime maybe.
    He’s an interesting prospect for sure and it’s exciting that the Steelers defense has gotten increasingly flexible over the past couple years that we can have a discussion about a player like this possibly fitting in.

  • Matt Manzo

    So true! It’s like a new era is upon us!

  • Matt Manzo

    True! He seems a but more talented than Cash, to me!

  • Jason Vancil

    Sub-football. I can see him replacing Timmons in some sets. I think, if no safety in the 1st, Cash is our 2nd round pick.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Yeah! He’s more of a LB! I know we’ve had talks with Cash, Cravens, and maybe someone else, but those are the guys I meant by the hybrid reference! I’m liking the Brown kid more and more tho!

  • PittsburghSports

    I don’t think so. I think Cash’s boat has a lot less options, and is limited to a small percentage of defenses. I think Jatavis Brown is just an undersized LB that could play in any defense.

  • PittsburghSports

    He’s 5 lbs lighter than Shazier was his Junior year at Ohio St and much stockier being 2 inches shorter.

  • natty

    I hear ya. Found some tape on him finally, he is a MLB for sure. His coverage outside in slot on short yardage situations is solid. Intermediate to deep seam coverage is not. He will have to gain weight, but instincts and athleticism flowing down line on runs remind me of shazier. Easy special team contributor year 1.