Steelers Bring Oklahoma WR Sterling Shepard In For Pre-Draft Visit

One day after they entertained 8 players for pre-draft visits, the Pittsburgh Steelers reportedly only have one in town on Tuesday.

Oklahoma wide receiver Sterling Shepard is in Pittsburgh to visit with the Steelers on Tuesday and he’s considered to be one of the top-10 at his position in this year’s draft class.

During his college career, Shepard caught 233 passes for 3,482 yards and 26 touchdowns. He started 41 of the 50 games that he played in while at Oklahoma and also has experience returning punts.

At the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, the 5-10, 194-pound Shepard posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.48 seconds in addition to a 41-inch vertical jump and a 10’3″ broad jump. He is now the second out-of-town wide receiver that the Steelers have brought in for a pre-draft visit.

The Steelers might entertain drafting another wide receiver this year with the future of Martavis Bryant still up in the air. Additionally, the Steelers stand to lose Markus Wheaton next offseason as he’ll figure to be an unrestricted free agent after 2016 with plenty of suitors.

  • kdubs412

    Shepard is super versatile and a beast in the slot. If he somehow slips into the fourth round I run to the podium.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Agree with kdubs below, but in this draft…he could go as early as round 2 but my guess is round 3.

  • John

    This would be our replacement for Wheaton for 2017. Probably 50/50 chance they take him or someone like him by Round 3.

  • Brian Tollini

    Favorite WR of this class.

  • Nicholas Allen Cotner

    The way this franchise hits on WRs I say draft one every to be honest. If you miss here and there oh well. If you find another gem it makes a lot easier to deal with the position FA wise.

  • John Noh

    He might be worthy of a second round pick, which will be reviled loudly on this message board because we should be picking defense with every selection or something like that. I’d love to see him last till the third though.

  • kev4heels

    Seems we are looking at rd 3 WR’s (shepard and cooper).
    Both are very scrappy, intelligent WR’s.

  • Tom Jackson

    Wow man I really don’t know if that should make me happy… for one that visit would indicate that a WR basically is in play at least starting RND 2 maybe even 1 which would be absolutely too high IMO.

    But on the other hand Sterling Shepard is just such an amazing receiver. I love to see him play. He really does it all, tremendous route runner, catching ability, incredible awareness and has at least solid long speed. Maybe he wouldn’t be on top of my WR board but surely in the top 3 and absolutely my favorit player of the guys. Couldn’t be mad I think if he’s the pick at 58 even though that seems to be a big luxury to take a WR that early.

    Hm I gotta say I’m really up and down about that one.

  • SteelersDepot

    I have caught a lot of hell for mocking a WR to the Steelers in the first 4 rounds.

  • D.j. Hoy

    It makes perfect sense to draft a wr in the earlier rounds. Wheaton, Bryant and Coates are all question marks.

  • Brian Tollini

    Have to look big picture and the big picture says it is a position of need.

  • dennisdoubleday

    Love the guy, would love to have him in the 3rd, but I think we just have to go D in the first two rounds.

  • Ike Evans

    #1 most slept on wr in this draft….dave, do not toy with my emotions lol i wasnt necessarily hoping for a WR in this draft but if we got sterling Shepard my head would explode

  • harding36

    And a quarterback…

  • harding36

    Say “hi” to your 3rd round pick, everyone. Shepard actually looks a lot like Cory Coleman. Maybe not quite the athlete, but it’s hard to see how Shepard is a 3rd/4th if Coleman is a 1st.

  • PittsburghSports

    50/50?

  • Brian Miller

    Yep, someone also mentioned Sharp from Umass, you know anything about him?

  • PittsburghSports

    I like this kid a lot. Great feet. Looked awesome at the Senior Bowl. If you count Tyler Boyd’s local visit, that’s now 3 WRs we’ve shown interest in and would rank WR 4th, behind S, CB, and DL as the positions the Steelers have shown the most interest in.

    Also, I heard Quinton Jefferson visit was deemed local, so with Sheppard that makes 26 visits and 4 to go.

  • Brian Miller

    Uh, you catch hell for everything, why would this be any different? Actually, if all of the top guys are gone by 25, I could see us taking a Coleman/Fuller/Boyd/Doctson round 1, just depends on how things work out. This really would be a great year to fall back some spots (Billings gone?) And pick up extra 2nds and/or 3rds if possible.

  • Brian Miller

    How about a DE/OLB now please?!? Can anyone say Jenkins…

  • Big Joe

    As expected. Beyond Doctson now, there’s probably only 1-2 others I would consider in first 4 Rds

  • Steel PAul

    No.

  • huge fan of his game

  • Steel PAul

    I’m not saying you’re wrong! But I strongly believe that WR is lower in priority than Dline, OLB, CB and possibly Safety.

    Defense wins championships and this defense needs help!

  • Sdale

    Yeah. I don’t understand why. We’ve been so consistently good at picking up valuable receivers in the 3rd/4th round, why not keep doing what you’re good at? I actually want to see us get one in 3/4…like the article says, we’ll most likely need at least one next year. A “wealth” at a position can dry up fast…ILB anyone?

  • Chris

    Reminds me of Kenny stills while he was in New Orleans

  • John

    It seems we have a great list of who they brought to town. Anyone have a list of who they met with or took to dinner at the combine or anything like that?

  • SteelPierogie

    How many visits left, 2 ?

  • Phillip Dssturk Dobrensky

    So I guess we should wait till Rd 6 to get another AB.

  • jujudoublestuff

    I would not mind, kid is a baller.

  • Ernest

    If I’m not mistaken a few popular names haven’t been mentioned in pro day meetings or pre draft visits. Noah Spence, Killebrew, Cravens, Kendall Fuller, Vernon Butler.

  • CP72

    I am shocked they haven’t brought in Kolby Listenbee. He has Steelers 3rd or 4th rounder written all over him.

  • VinHuddle

    During the college football season ESPN did a great piece on his father mostly and him. Since then I’ve become more of a fan of his and wouldn’t mind if he was their pick especially if it was the 4th.

  • H.K. northern cali

    Someone please tell me his hight.

  • SteelersDepot

    Forgot about seeing that and I have added it above.

  • VinHuddle

    5’10”

  • Big Joe

    Wouldn’t worry about it Dave. If the solid DE/DTs are gone and the solid 1-2 safeties are gone, then I wouldnt’ be shocked if Doctson (if around still) is our pick. If we get one of the first two groupings, then I still wouldn’t be shocked if Shepard or Braxton Miller is selected in 2nd rd. I think the team is doing a great job on due diligence thus far and evaluating any player who may still be available in each round who will strengthen the team at key positions for depth or talent infusion. DL, OG, and WR are talented depth and secondary guys is just pure talent need.

  • Big Joe

    Perhaps if one were solely focused on “gotta do defense.” If we look at the potential for injury at the position and the proven talent behind #1 and #2 on depth chart, I’m a bit concerned. If the key defensive guys are gone, I’d pick Doctson in Rd 1 or Shepard in Rd 2 in a heart beat. If Bryant is unable to return and if we lose Wheaton next year, then we’ve maintained talented depth at a critical offensive position thus keeping the team strong through Roethlisberger’s remaining years. Again, wouldn’t be shocked or upset if this happens in either round as I’d rather keep our strength a strength rather than see it go the way of the Do Do bird due to injuries.

  • PittsburghSports

    Well they are reportedly very interested in Spence and they sat down with Butler at the combine and sat down with a Cravens at one point. Fuller has that foot injury and I’m not a fan of Killebrew.

  • Tom Jackson

    Did I miss some major steelers news over the weekend or why are you suggesting a WR in RND 1 let alone a ‘oh I wont even think one second about a RND 2 receiver it makes perfect sence’ notion here.

    Last time I checked our WRs going forward without Martavis are AB, Wheaton, Coates, Heyward-Bey, Eli Rogers and Shakim Phillips. That is a pretty good WR group even with completely crossing off Martavis forever. I mean heck we could be 5 guys deep come season start with WR you feel comfortable in the top 3 on gameday. Thats not even mentioning having a TE who can give you slot snaps and a RB whos a great receiver, can line up as a receiver or make incredible damage out of the backfield in the passing game.

    Now we have still clear holes on defense and spots that are improvable there. We don’t have any major one on offense let alone really snaps to give to a rookie. And then you can also factor in that we have a top 3 QB, protected finally by a good line who doesn’t need plus players at every single skill position spot on the offense anyway to succeed. I’ll add that up with my last point that the main obstical in front of a potential SB run for us (without considering injuries) is that our defense can’t get playoff offenses off the field.

    So IMHO I can’t even tell you how much I’d be confused with a RND 1 WR. Luckily I think the chance of that happening just considering our draft strategy in the past and our roster make up is probably lower then 1% so I’m good in that regard. Just a guy like Shepard because I absolutely love him on tape and think he’s about as safe a WR prospect as you can get has a slight consideration in the second. Reason for that is you can literally let Wheaton already plan his free agency visits come May then, be relaxed and like I said have a very good player for the future imo.

    To round that all off and to show how much I dismiss any receiver in RND 1 I can say that I’d be literally picking a OLB/pass rushing prospect with at least a 2nd RND grade blindly out of a hat before I’ll pick any WR at 25. Oh and I totally forgot another reason for me why it’ll make no sence to draft one early is that we have a great history drafting WRs in the middle and late RNDs and shown the ability to develop them nicely. So with all due respect but absolutely no reason to go WR high in my mind. Sry.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Due to the lack of that “DeFacto” receiver to chase after in the draft, should Shep. be there by round 3 for Pittsburgh…. Tomlin will gun for him.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Corey is mine, followed by Josh. Shep. is three.

  • Ask Questions Later

    Why? Wheaton is going-going gone and Bryant cannot be trusted.

  • Ernest

    Well I wasn’t putting too much stock in the combine meetings since they’re only meeting 15 minutes only. I think the dinner and draft visits hold more weight.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I love this kid. I doubt he will be available when we have a chance to get him, meaning when we get need out of the way.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    But Malcolm Mitchell is a beast that will shock the world when he is picked early.