NFL Draft

Steelers Kick Off Monday By Hosting 8 More Pre-Draft Visitors

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers are entertaining several more pre-draft visitors on Monday and today’s group of players includes five defensive backs, one edge-rusher, one defensive lineman and a wide receiver.

Visiting Monday are Colorado cornerback Ken Crawley, Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones, Virginia Tech edge-rusher Dadi Nicholas, Boston College safety Justin Simmons, Maryland safety Sean Davis, Mississippi defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, and South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.

Joseph, who missed most of the 2015 season because of a knee injury, is a borderline first-round selection who recorded 9 interceptions and 284 total tackles during his college career. The Steelers were present at his pro day even though he was still unable to do anything because of his ongoing rehab.

Nkemdiche is an interesting prospect as it relates to his character. The 6035, 307-pound defensive lineman recorded  98 total tackles and 7 sacks during his college career. He was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in December after injuring himself via a fall after crawling out a fourth-floor window.

Crawley, 6003, 187-pounds, is a late round prospect who recorded 201 total tackles and 3 interceptions during his college career. Jones is an undersized cornerback who is expected to be drafted in the middle rounds this year after registering 7 interceptions while at Alabama.

Nicholas is a late-round prospect who is a bit light at 235 pounds. He did, however, register 17.5 sacks during his college career.

Simmons, who we have already profiled, is a mid-round safety prospect who possesses good measurables along with a solid athletic ability. Davis is also a safety mid-round safety prospect who registered 318 total tackles and 5 interceptions during his college career.

As for the 5111, 203-pound Cooper, he is considered a mid-round prospect in this year’s draft class. he caught 138 passes for 2,163 yards and 18 touchdowns during his three years at South Carolina.

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