Steelers 2017 Pre Draft Visit Tracker

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started to compile a list of pre-draft visits in preparation for the 2017 NFL Draft. We’ll keep track on each reported player in this article and add dates of their visit when that information becomes public.

NFL teams are allowed to host 30 non-local prospects prior to the draft and below is a running list of players who have either confirmed they have visits scheduled, or have already visited. The Steelers always draft at least 3-4 names from this list of 30 so it’s one of the best tools in predicting who the team will select.

Last year, the Steelers drafted Jerald Hawkins, Javon Hargrave, and Sean Davis from their list of 30. You can see all of their visits from last season here. 

If we miss anyone, let us know in the comments below. We’ll regularly update this page and pin it to the top when there is new information.

UPDATED 4/25/17

Reportedly Visited From Outside Area (26 of 30 allotted)

QB Patrick Mahomes – Texas Tech – 4/3/17
QB Joshua Dobbs – Tennessee – 4/3/17
WR Kenny Golladay – Northern Illinois – 4/3/17
WR Josh Reynolds – Texas A&M – 4/3/17
WR Chris Godwin – Penn State – 4/5/17
WR Mack Hollins – North Carolina – 4/13/17
OLB Derek Rivers – Youngstown State – 4/4/17
OLB Takkarist McKinley – UCLA – 4/4/17
OLB Carroll Phillips – Illinois – 4/7/17
OLB Samson Ebukam – Eastern Washington – 4/9/17
OLB Tim Williams – Alabama – 4/11/17
DE Tanoh Kpassagnon – Villanova – 4/11/17
OLB Keion Adams – Western Michigan – 4/12/17
OLB Pita Taumoepenu – Utah – 4/19/17
DE Francis Kallon – Georgia Tech – 4/19/17
DE Patrick Gamble – Georgia Tech – 4/19/17
CB Jourdan Lewis – Michigan – 4/4/17
CB Jalen Myrick – Minnesota – 4/12/17
CB Marlon Humphrey – Alabama – 4/13/17
S Josh Jones – North Carolina State – 4/5/17
S Budda Baker – Washington – 4/5/17
S Obi Melifonwu – UConn – 4/3/17
ILB Jarrad Davis – Florida – 4/5/17
ILB Zach Cunningham – Vanderbilt – 4/7/17
TE Jason Croom – Tennessee – 4/12/17
CB Shaquill Griffin – Central Florida – Unknown Date

Reportedly Had Been Scheduled

ILB Raekwon McMillan – Ohio State – Reportedly Scheduled
QB Davis Webb – California – Reportedly Scheduled
QB Brad Kaaya – Miami (FL) – Reported

Local Visits

TE Scott Orndoff – Pittsburgh – (Local Visit) – 3/13/16
S Montae Nicholson – Michigan State – (Local Visit) 4/4/17
RB James Conner – Pittsburgh – (Local Visit) 4/5/17
QB Nathan Peterman – Pittsburgh – (Local Visit) 4/10/17
CB Rasul Douglas – West Virginia – 4/12/17
CB Ryan Lewis – Pittsburgh – (Local Visit) 4/13/17
WR Shelton Gibson – West Virginia – 4/13/17
NT Treyvon Hester – Toledo – (Local Visit) 4/17/17

Reported Pro Day Dinners/Meetings

OLB T.J.Watt – Wisconsin
OLB Vince Biegel – Wisconsin
DE Carlos Watkins – Clemson
TE Michael Roberts – Toledo
DE Chris Wormley – Michigan
DE/OLB Taco Charlton – Michigan
S Marcus Maye – Florida
QB Brad Kaaya – Miami (FL)
TE David Njoku – Miami (FL)

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • Burgh Ball

    Thanks for posting this – I believe we will see a couple / few of these visit players drafted or as UDFA if recent history has anything to say about it…

  • Alex Kozora

    Definitely.

  • jeffjb292

    I don’t think it will happen but I would love McMillan in the 2nd round.

  • Burgh Ball

    jeff – might – we’ve been hitting that Ohio State pipe line in recent drafts…

  • falconsaftey43

    ILB is an underrated need. Even if Williams starts, he’s been playing 20% of the snaps as the top backup. Right now that backup is….Matakevich/Fort/Steve Johnson? Not good.

  • jeffjb292

    Also would it be worth bringing in Sidney jones to check his health with the concerns he might be there in the 3rd

  • steel67

    I thought Penn State was local visit as well

  • Kysteeler

    I may be missing something here, but do they see Sean Davis as a nickel and dime player or our starting SS? A lot of people have Obi Melifonwu mocked to us, is this more of a replacement for Mitchell down the road and a DB to throw in during nickel or dime defense?

  • Big Joe

    It is. They just don’t count against the 30 they get. So, the can visit or invite as many of the local guys as they want

  • Alex Kozora

    I can’t imagine Penn State is considered local. It’s a 2 1/2 hour drive, there’s no way the league considers that part of Pittsburgh’s “metro.” By that logic, WVU is local because it is much closer.

  • Rotten Sircus

    Chris Godwin is the next “Hines Ward”, We could actually steal him in the 4th round !!! I’m not a fan of the UCLA kid Tark …#IJS

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  • Dennis Nevinsky

    Its interesting that they seem more interested in safeties than CBs.

  • Steelers12

    i am noticing that as well, i wonder what that says for Mike Mitchell’s future

  • Steelers12

    hope you right because i had Golden Tate as the next Hines and while Tate is good he is no psycho 86

  • Steelers12

    Obi can play Safety and CB, he is too god of prospect to pass up at 30 in my opinion

  • Steelers12

    you think even with injury he makes it to the 3rd?

  • jeffjb292

    There is a chance his injury could cost him his first year teams may not want to wait on a top 64 pick

  • Brian Miller

    I don’t think he will last to the 4th my friend, not with those hands and 40 time! I bet the Steelers would take him in round 3 if he was there, maybe 2nd.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Curious to see the pass rush prospects brought in.

  • JT

    Looked at the last 3 years. 2015 seemed pretty heavy on guys they visited with, with ’14 and ’16 only having three visits. Still, probably decent at least 3 future draftees come to town.

    2016:
    2. Sean Davis
    3. Javon Hargrave
    4. Jerald Hawkins

    2015:
    1. Dupree (Pro Day Dinner)
    2. Golson
    3. Coates
    4. Grant
    5. James (Reported Only)
    7. Holliman (Pro Day Dinner)

    2014:
    1. Ryan Shazier
    2. Stephon Tuitt
    4. Bryant

  • Andrew

    Thats why I like Obi so much in the first. He can easily work as a substitute ILB on passing downs while seeing time all over the secondary. If he’s there at 30, he is my guy.

  • Delboka

    True man. Williams does not have the speed or coverage. If shaizer is the decent ILB, he’ll be to busy picking up the slack.

  • Michael Conrad

    Nice work and what it tells you is they have their draft board set up as the players they bring in are on the board in different rounds.
    They are looking at players who maybe available in that round who they really like and if the player is still there they will pick him.

  • Matt Manzo

    How important are combine/pro day interviews with the team?
    Have we drafted a bunch of them?

  • Matt Manzo

    I think they see Davis as versatile. They could draft a SS or FS and move Davis wherever when Mitchell leaves.
    Though Davis still has a lot to prove.

  • capehouse

    Rob Blanchflower 2014 7th rd pick too

  • Brian Miller

    Falcon, you think any of these edge rushers that are undersized might work as an ILB for us…English from SC, couple of kids from San Diego State, etc? Any that you are high on?

  • Mark Colussy

    Why isn’t Godwin considered a local visit?

  • Mark Colussy

    So from what I see as of today (3/28), and only 7 of the 30 visits conducted, Takkarist McKinley is the only player in the top 50 that the Steelers would possibly draft in Round 1. Bleacher Report had him as number 18, David Jeremiah at 22, Scout has him at number 24, SI at 28, Drafttek at 30, and CBS at 34. I could see him falling a bit, but most mock drafts I’ve seen recently had Takk going before pick 30. Edge Rusher/ OLB is a serious need for this team, so it makes sense if he’d be available. Also, with Tomlin’s lust for freak athletes, this might makes sense why the team seems to like him.

    I wonder if there is any correlation to how early the team met with a player as to if they drafted them? For example, if a guy was the first or second guy they had in for a visit, does that correlate to a selection in the draft, or how many of them were in the late 20s that were drafted?

  • Sam Clonch

    He seemed to play better at Safety in both college and last year. I’d be disappointed to see him move back to corner. And I know the coaches are very concerned with my feelings.

  • george

    I know it’s still early but no CBs?

  • Voice O’ Reason

    Definitely agree. I’m not even sure Godwin makes it to them at the end of the 2nd. With his combine performance, I don’t see any way at all he makes it to late 3rd.

  • Voice O’ Reason

    I thought for sure that both PSU and WVU were considered local visits and didn’t count.

  • Alex Kozora

    Only if they’re considered part of the Pittsburgh metro…which would be pretty surprising if they did. Penn State is over 2 hours away.

  • Voice O’ Reason

    Not to be a smarta$$, but why are we guessing? We know about PSU and WVU players they’ve had for visits in the past. I’m not entirely sure about WVU, but I specifically recall Jesse James visiting a couple of years ago but not counting toward the 30. Then again, I drink a lot, so take it for what it’s worth.

  • LucasY59

    I dont think the Steelers take him in the 2nd, but Godwin will be picked in that rd

  • LucasY59

    they view Davis as a versatile Safety (pretty obvious since they already tried to use him as a nickel/slot guy) and I think he could be good at either S position (and last yr he performed better as a traditional S, but again is versatile enough that for certain matchups he could slide out to the slot)

    I think Melifonwu is a very similar, can play either S position or play in the Dime S/LB hybrid role for the 1st yr but would be the future starter next to Davis after Mitchell, and I also think that it doesnt matter as much with who is the FS and who is the SS because of their versatility and being able to do the things that are required of either of the positions so that flexability would help the D with alter schemes on the fly and being able to change things up quickly if needed (so IMO that adds to Obi’s value and was part of the reason why they picked Sean last yr)

  • Jay Hallauer

    The Steelers safeties are interchangeable. Their job functions are to play both FS and SS when mitchell and davis are on the field

  • LucasY59

    exactly, I have been saying that on here so much I almost get tired of it, looking back to Polomalu and Clark, they could both play either position very well so it allowed Troy to freelance and be the GREAT player he was, and Ryan was a force in the back of the secondary as well as near the LOS, I think Davis could be versatile like that, Mitchell to some degree as well, but Melifonwu would be an upgrade in that area, plus he would be better in coverage, and a really good matchup against TEs

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  • Ace

    Halfway there and one CB? Weird. Curious to see if any Wash players come in. Also would be encouraged to see WiIllis pop in for a visit. Would be very surprised if they don’t bring in the second best athletically tested OLB in this class. Bet they brink in King and Tank too. Glad to see Raekwon reported. One of my favs.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Maybe they focused their pro day visits on top CB’s and their personal visits on top OLB’s?

    I also think it’s interesting they’re looking at so many safeties. But I like it.

  • Mika Dvsn

    I would love to see us picking CB/OLB in the 1st, OLB/CB 2nd, ILB and QB 3rd, WR/TE in the 4th

  • SoCal Steeler

    I saw that Tomlin was salivating at Joshua Dobbs pro day performance. Meet your new Pittsburgh Steelers QB. For what it’s worth I thought he threw the ball as well as anybody at the combine.

  • Doug

    Where did you see that?

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    It looks like they are looking at safeties more than CBs, but Obi Melifonwu can play S or CB, and some ILB.Budda Baker can play S or some slot CB. If Josh Jones falls to us in the 2nd, he can play S and has the speed to play slot CB.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Hmmmmm, a Budda Baker visit? 🤔 Niiiiiiiice!

  • Mike Frantz

    I don’t see it as a huge need, but watching Zach Cunningham for the first time…that dude can play. Not sure the value is there is 1st, but I wouldn’t be too upset.

  • capehouse

    For the last 2 years you guys haven’t tracked Pro Day dinner meetings. Why not? That’s great info, although not always 100% available, as I believe we didn’t find out about them dinning Artie Burns until after he was drafted, but our last two 1st rd picks were Pro Day dinner meetings.

  • Big Joe

    Some have him in Rd 1 and others have him in Rd 2. I like his attributes but can’t tell where he should land

  • Big Joe

    So far, 2-3 Rd 1 LBs and 2 Rd 1 secondary guys.

  • Alex Kozora

    Hey man, check out the Pro Day tracker. We have dinners there.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Surprised that there are no TE visits so far outside the local guy. I think that tells you they probably won’t be addressing that need in their first 4 picks. We’ll see how the remaining 10 visitors look though.

  • jeffjb292

    I have a feeling that they will pick either Michael Roberts or Jordan Leggett in the 4th or 5th round

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    Of the visits there are 6 or 7 possible 1st round picks. I read that some teams like Davis Webb better than DeShone Kizer and possibly at the end of the 1st round.
    Patrick Mahomes
    Takkarist McKinley
    Jarrad Davis
    Zach Cunningham
    Budda Baker
    Obi Melifonwu
    Davis Webb

  • Michael Conrad

    CB Jourdan Lewis – Michigan – 4/4/17

  • Matt Manzo

    He’s been my favorite of the mid tier guys!

  • Terrible Towlie

    he’s the guy who stepped in when Shazier went pro

  • Terrible Towlie

    James was a local

  • Terrible Towlie

    Noah Brown is another Hines-like blocker, a big body with great catch radius, and good hands….very effective red zone target

  • Terrible Towlie

    i’d like to see a trade with Buffalo for Cardale Jones QB OSU, he can sit and learn(which he needs) til Ben retires

  • Terrible Towlie

    they had a defense (dime i think) where we were using 3 safeties

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Anyone watch the NFL Network last night? Kiki whatsherface said “Colbert is in love with Peppers but they don’t believe he will be there at 30. The Steelers will select the top rated CB or Safety with their first round pick to continue to move more toward a man coverage defensive scheme that they can’t currently run”

    I’m summarizing and using quotes, bit super close to what she said.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Anyone watch the NFL Network last night? Kiki whatsherface said “Colbert is in love with Peppers but they don’t believe he will be there at 30. The Steelers will select the top rated CB or Safety with their first round pick to continue to move more toward a man coverage defensive scheme that they can’t currently run”

    I’m summarizing and using quotes, but that’s very close to what she said.

  • capehouse

    Wondering if listed OLBs on here, Javancy Jones and Samson Ebukam, are seen more as ILBs by the Steelers.

    If you count reported visits that’d be 5 ILBs so far, which would lead the positions. So much for VW.

    ILB – 5
    OLB – 4
    S – 4
    QB – 4
    WR – 3
    CB – 2

    There’s your rd 1-5 draft pick positions(so far).

  • Ace

    Right, but if you keep them at OLB’s, which is what they are, then those numbers are OLB-6 ILB-3. Not so bad then. Gotta say I am excited about the ILB position visits. Looks like they are looking hard and only at the top flight talent. All along I thought OLB/CB round 1 and 2, but have since flipped to OLB/ILB rounds 1 and 2 (but only if White and Baker are off the board). Per the visits and pro days, CB seems to have dropped down a bit and maybe even leapfrogged by Safety.

  • Biggie

    There is no doubt they are likely to attempt to add at least a couple from the list, which is typical of the FO. Who it is, is still far from guessable. Now is the time for deceptive leanings as the FO does every year. We’re looking at Edge first and foremost. We will be drafting secondary first no matter who is there to change our defense. If this QB is there he is our pick. If this QB falls he is our pick. We’ll double hit OLB/ILB first two rounds. TE is a must early because Ben said so and only reason he is playing this year. This is why I love the draft, it’s like a box of chocolates ala the Gump boy. Myself hoping for an Edge rusher in first two rounds. I think if we don’t go round one there will be some good ones there at our 2nd pick and can double hit Edge by end of the draft. Don’t want to take 2nd round talent in Rd 1 with a draft that is so deep on defense. If Peppers is there he is going to be very hard to pass up, though find it hard to believe he will be there. He is that guy you could build something around on defense due to his extreme versatility.

  • capehouse

    How are you so sure they’re OLBs? I wasn’t just saying that because I felt like making stuff up. Javancy Jones, who played DE in college, switched to an off-the-ball LB at the east west shrine game, and played incredibly well, similar to what Reddick did at the Senior Bowl. Many project him to make the move there in the pros. Samson Ebukam played DE, OLB, ILB and even DT in college, and many believe he has the athleticism to possibly make the switch to an off-the-ball LB as well, but not as sure a bet as Jones, and I personally think he’ll be an OLB, but no telling how the Steelers view him, which wouldn’t be too far off from the Travis Feeney selection last year where it was a bit confusing as to where he’d be used.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    You are absolutely correct. She also said that big Ben asked that they “please get him an impact offensive weapon” sometime early. The only player listed who fits that description is Godwin.

  • SoCal Steeler

    Yeah, even more upside there. I’d be ok with trading the pick they would use on Dobbs for him.

  • SoCal Steeler

    Yeah, he probably is my favorite 5th-6th round QB but I am really intrigued with Chad Kelly. I’d probably take Kelly but think the Steelers may pick Dobbs.

  • SoCal Steeler

    I saw that. I wasn’t sure if she said 1st Rd. pick or just a top pick, I.E. Rounds 1, 2 or 3 but I did hear her say Colbert was enamored with Peppers and didn’t think he would be there. He scares me a little in that he doesn’t have a clear cut position though.
    The Steelers are probably envisioning the next Polamalu with him but I’m not totally sold. I’m guessing that they are also enamored with Reddick and if either him or Peppers is there at 30 that they are the pick. It would be interesting to see where they went if both were there.
    I could also see them being very interested in Melifonwu, who would bring a lot of what Peppers has to the table but I think you could trade down to a QB needy team early in Rd. 2 and pick him and pick up an extra early 4th Rd. pick in a very deep draft. That’s the only way I can see us being able to double dip at OLB. Of course Pass Rush could be the 1st pick too or another trade down option if the guy they like best is already gone. There will be maybe not elite but several very good ones available in Rd. 2.

  • Ace

    I’m not sure at all, and neither are you. As you imply, no one has any idea what position these guys will play in the NFL. I just feel that if they are looking at late round college pass rushing prospects, the chances of them playing OLB are greater than moving them inside. I feel the chances of the PS noticing them as a pass rusher far out weigh the possibility that they noticed them due to their positional flexibility. But who knows really man.

  • jeffjb292

    It feels like hardgraves success has really opened the steelers eyes to smaller schools they are showing more interest in these prospects than they have in previous years I’m am exited that prospects from Villanova, Youngstown State, Eastern Washington, and Jackson State are being seriously looked at as prospects. I hope either or both of Rivers and Kpassagnonand that either or both jones or ebukam are available in free agency to be picked up.

  • capehouse

    Alright well you said OLBs is what they are, so made it sound like I was just making a wild guess, when there’s credible evidence that both can make the switch. In fact I’d be willing to bet Jones is drafted as an off the ball LB.

  • Steve Johnson

    Colbert is an idiot if they select J. Peppers. I saw that last night myself. The 1st thing I thought about was this, Smoking Screen. How often have we heard of the Steelers leaking whom they plan to draft in the 1st Rd? I hope it’s a smoke screen, the kid is overrated.

  • Ace

    Well aren’t you making a wild guess that the PS view them as ILB’s after all? There may be credible evidence that they can make the switch, but you cannot provide any evidence that PS see them as ILB’s more than OLB’s. Jones played DE/OLB until the EW game. But that doesn’t mean he’s an ILB. If a guy played his whole career as a DE/OLB, then that’s what he is right? Not what he can be our could be or what we want him to be. Maybe I’m confused here while posting and working but, seems like these guys are OLB’s that can be more than that in the right system. I just think for the sake of the exercise where you list the types of prospects that are visiting, they should stay as what they were listed as.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Didn’t she say he wanted a TE?

  • SoCal Steeler

    Apparently I’m not allowed to mention a specific site. Try looking up 2017 pro days results.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    You’re right. They never leak who they like.

  • capehouse

    No I actually think the all star games where there’s actual NFL coaches is a better indication of where a player projects. Jones was a DE too. Projecting him as a standup OLB that needs to cover is just as much as a guess. Anyway, like I said you sounded dismissive and sure that they were OLBs. Just backing up my question with facts to support the theory.

  • Ace

    That’s a fair point, but I would think that his collegiate coach would know where his strengths are and align his position with them. But, to your point, the NFL coaches may in fact be better at seeing a guy as clay and trying to fit him in different spots. It’s good to be multiple for sure. At this point I’m not sure where anyone will play, except the QB’s, but even they tend to try their hand at different spots if undrafted.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    I can’t remember her saying tight end specifically. She might have though. I’m not certain.

  • Matt Manzo

    I could understand Kelly and wouldn’t be mad if he was taken towards the end.

  • KiJana Haney

    alex could you do a draft profile for jalen myrick. I watched some of his games and he is really scrappy and agressive. I’d like to know your opinion.

  • Gerald Brown

    Anyone else surprised by the lack of RB visits?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Davis and Melifonwu are my two hopefuls for #30

  • Michael Conrad

    ILB – 5 ,OLB – 4 ,S – 4 ,QB – 4 . Well they have eight picks barring a draft day move. I think they want at least one of these positions . I think the QB will be Dobbs for a couple reasons any QB rated higher will cut into taking advantage of a draft deep in D players. Plus they may want a RB or WR in the mix. Dobbs is rated like a fifth round pick which would be the sixth pick in the draft for the Steelers. I think one pick could be either Peppers ,Obi or Jones at safety. I can’t wait for the draft but sure hate how the NFL network has destroyed the Saturday and Sunday draft.

  • Big Joe

    Definitely scouring slot CBs but none are Rd 1 prospects so far. Lewis is a Rd 2 guy if I’m not mistaken.

  • Big Joe

    Despite the 8 picks this year, I wouldn’t put it passed them to trade a 2nd or 3rd next year to get another pick in early 3rd or 4th to fill as many holes as they can early to finish the restock on D now, with minor additions on offense, in an effort to make a 2-3 year push with Ben at helm. This early who can contribute this year will only be better for it next year. Not typically how the team does things but there is an unusual depth a certain positions that may not be there next year.

  • Big Joe

    Nope. Surprised that the one looked at has some character issues though. Looking to see if Mack or one other are brought in soon.

  • Big Joe

    I think Ebukam is likely an ILB in pros from what Evans I’ve read so far.

  • Big Joe

    If they don’t go with a TE they’re already comfortable with on evaluations but haven’t shown up on the invite list, then Godwin appears to be the 2nd or 3rd Rd option with Josh Reynolds in 4th

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  • Gerald Brown

    Not surprised by that since Connor is a local visit. I expected Mack, Foreman and Perrine at the very least

  • LucasY59

    10 visits left as of 4/12/17

  • capehouse

    Kinda what I was thinking too. Both are undersized as edge players in the NFL, but have the athleticism to play off the ball.

  • Darth Blount 47

    That’s depressing. I can knock ten guys off of that list above who NEVER should have been here.

  • capehouse

    Like who? I think everyone that’s been invited is interesting in some way. Rather stear away from Tim Williams and Carroll Phillips but there’s things about their game that I like too and wouldn’t hate the selections.

  • capehouse

    Thanks for including the pro day dinners. I’m pretty sure we didn’t find out about Artie Burns going out to dinner with Tomlin and Colbert until after the draft, so that begs the question what other dinners don’t we know about? Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, Ohio State, LSU and Tennessee were all pro days where either Colbert, Tomlin or both attended and nothing was reported.

  • Alex Kozora

    No problem man! And yeah, these are just the ones we know. Certainly aren’t all of them.

  • Ace

    Huh? I don’t get that. I see only 1 guy who seems to be a no doubt he won’t be there at 30 guy, which is Humphrey. I think he goes top 15. But it’s not like they brought in Garrett and Thomas and Hooker and Adams. You thinking character or position? I like the group overall.

  • Ace

    I second that. Thanks for all the info, certainly helps put the puzzle together. I’ll kind of miss the process once its over. Any of those dinners seem odd to you guys? I look at the Taco one and wonder if maybe they were picking his brain over another player; Lewis, Butt, especially Wormley. Have seen his name come up a bit linked to PS.

  • Jeff Peterson

    Anyone else think its odd that we only see one running back? Im actually ok with conner in the 4th but if their sold on him, and just him, in order to guarentee it they probably have to spend their 3b pick on him which i think is a reach.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Sorry, I was in the middle of responding to you earlier when the Rooney news broke. My answer was that we can start to eliminate some of the guys at positions that I see no point in us even considering drafting.

    First, that is all of the QB’s… so bye Mahomes, Dobbs, Davis. Also if Bryant is indeed back, I see no need to bring in WR’s for visits when we likely shouldn’t be drafting any. So we can axe: Golladay, Reynolds, Hollins, Godwin, Shelton Gipson (who?). That’s 9 guys just right there.

  • Alex Kozora

    Because he played HS in the area, to be clear.

  • Aj Gentile

    Alex is there a list of the pro days Colbert and Tomline attended?

  • Ace

    Just because you see no point to it doesn’t mean the front office sees it the same way. I wouldn’t discount the QB’s. There is a very realistic shot at drafting one in the third or fourth. Bryant isn’t back, and hasn’t played in quite some time, and they just brought in a FA WR. Obviously they see the need to upgrade that position. I think there are bigger needs than WR, but if they took someone like Godwin in the third, I wouldn’t be overly pissed, more excited.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’m sorry, I didn’t realize you worked for the organization, or that maybe you thought that somehow I did. You’re no asking me to qualify what were simply my expressed feelings, by conflating that with me always having to toe some company line, when I express them. I simply stated that the amounts of visits we had left were a “depressing” number to me, because I was thinking about all of the guys, at more PRESSING positions, that I personally would like the Steelers to scout heavier.

    You may not discount the QB’s… but I do. At least as far as getting one who will ever be the starter here. And if you’re simply planning on drafting 3rd or even 2nd string backups, then I’d say no need to waste a visit on something like that. Just pick one and let them hold the damn clipboard.

    You just mentioned that we are trying to upgrade the WR position. Well, then you went on to point out that we DID already sign one. And I know Bryant seems like a big question mark, but until he’s NOT re-instated pre-draft, I’m still going off of the assumption that he should/will be. But we’re not bringing in Corey Davis, John Ross, Mike Williams etc… so even if we go WR, Clearly we aren’t think top pick type of stuff. So we’re back to that “picking 3rd stringers” type of move. Which again, I personally wouldn’t waste a visit on stressing about, when we have a few ACTUAL gaping holes to fill at other spots.

    But again, this is all just my opinion.

  • Ace

    Of course I don’t work for the organization. C’mon man.

    I missed the context of the depressing comment, was honestly juggling work early this morning. In that case, I can agree it would be nice to have some other positions come in, preferably ones at CB and OLB. But I still don’t think you can discount the QB. Several visits and now insiders are hearing Evans and Webb whispers. Just saying. If they plan on drafting a Qb in the mid rounds, I encourage them to do their dang homework on the guy. Weather you disagree with drafting one or not, at least you can agree that you would prefer them to bring the guys in for a visit. After all, it’s only the most important position on the field. If ANYONE deserves a sit down face to face visit, I would rather it my potential backup QB/QB of the future then some damn 7th rounder who ain’t gonna make the team. Can’t find Ben’s replacement through the draft if you don’t draft one. Can’t draft one unless you feel pretty dang comfortable with him and sit down with him and find out what he’s really about.

    As far as WR goes, I guess you mean that anyone drafted not high like the guys you mention will only be as good as third stringer. Do I really have to remind you of all the mid round success they have had in the past? You know the names just like I do. That’s the position they draft the best at. The Steelers don’t currently have a #2 WR on the active roster. The guy we are all hanging our hat on is suspended and can’t be counted on. Not to mention his habit of not showing up, remember Ben having to call his butt out in order to get him moving in the right direction. We all love Bryant, but he is still a pretty big question mark.

    I think its amusing that you completely discount 9 of the 20 visits because you don’t think they are going to draft at the position. Doesn’t that kinda mean they are at least considering it and probably will?

  • Darth Blount 47

    It could mean that. Or it could mean they have a lot of questions about these guys, or are just trying to see if any of them come across as diamonds in the rough. I can spin it in as many ways as you can.

    I completely admit, thus my depressing comment, that I sort of feel as though the whole process is a tad bit of a waste, if we are bringing in guys to check out that we don’t ultimately draft. But again, there could be reasons for that I suppose.

    I was just giving you a bit of guff because you wanted me to qualify my emotions, as though they aren’t valid. The draft positioning will change for not only me, but EVERY single writer upon this site, if we get a whiff or confirmation that Bryant isn’t returning. And maybe the Steelers already have that inside info. But I’d guess not, since they AREN’T heavily scouting the top WR’s, and instead are just bringing in lower tier guys for the visits. I can rattle off the names as well, surely, but can YOU see any room on this current roster, assuming Bryant IS back, for another WR? I mean, honestly? And if not, why bother trying to hit on another late rounder, just because you’re living in the past? Seems superfluous.

    As far as QB’s, you sort of made my argument for me. You agreed that they quote: “If they plan on drafting a Qb in the mid rounds…” And that’s my rub. I’m totally against them drafting a QB out of this very suspect class. But if they DID, I’d hope it was a guy they actually have a plan in place to use at some point. A reader on here did a very good job showing what the likelihood of gaining a starting QB is after the 1st round. (Hint: it is NOT very good) So I don’t see any reason why we should draft Landry Jones 2.0… when we still have and are paying Landry Jones 1.0, as a backup. It just seems, again, pretty pointless.

    I know it may SEEM like we have an adequate amount of draft picks to hit our needs, but really, we may not. And this is a very special Defensive draft this year that as even you admitted, it would be nice to see more CB’s and OLB’s being scouted out of. But even past that, how about ILB? Or Safety? Definitely need a backup RB. And possibly a TE. So before you know it, those picks have run dry.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll repeat it: there is no rule that says we have to find Ben’s heir in the draft. But there is certainly no rule that says we have to find it in THIS draft. Luckily, we aren’t at that bridge quite yet. I personally, would like to see this draft gain us the types of players, at the types of positions, that fills not only our needs, but provides us with guys who are gonna help us win a SB THIS year. Not be backups at positions that are either NOT our needs (QB) or are already positions of gluttony (WR.) Depth is important for sure.. But we MUST also prioritize.

  • Darth Blount 47

    Essentially anyone who plays WR or QB. Other than that, I actually like quite a bit of the names on the list too. But of course, we ALL have our own favorites who the Steelers don’t appear to be showing as much or sometimes ANY interest in. Jordan Willis would be such one guy for me.

  • capehouse

    Yeah I don’t see much need to draft a WR, but they’re obviously interested. I like the guys they brought in tho and most seem like mid to late rd picks.

  • Ace

    I think Ben is closer to the end than most think. He has 2 more years and that’s it. Just my thought. Because of that, I’m ok with them interviewing potential mid round QB’s. I know the success rate is low.
    What are the chances of winning the lottery if you don’t buy a ticket? It’s not like they drafted one yet anyways. All they are doing is taking a look-see. Who tf cares?

    The WR room is full of cast offs, undrafted/late round guys, and warm bodies. A third round pick like Godwin would immediately be better or have more upside than all of the current players minus AB. Cobi Hamilton was a 6th round draft pick in 2013. Since then he has been cut/released 5 times. He had a whopping 17 catches in 2016. Against the Pats in the AFCCG he was on the field for 61% of the offensive snaps, third behind Eli (86%) and AB (96%). PS were trotting him out on offense 60% of the time in the biggest game of the year cuz they didn’t have any better options.

    That doesn’t seem like a gluttony of talent to me.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I like how you literally pick our 6th or 7th WR to be able to single out and then proceed to tear down. Lol.

    And you can’t have it both ways. First the line was… “Do I really have to remind you of all the mid round success they have had in the past? You know the names just like I do. That’s the position they draft the best at.”

    And now the line is… “The WR room is full of cast offs, undrafted/late round guys, and warm bodies.”

    Again, I’m clearly talking about their being a glut assuming we HAVE Bryant. That gives us Brown, Bryant, Rogers, Coates, DHB, Hunter, and then yes, both Hamilton and Ayers. Could we ALWAYS use 3 AB’s, 2 Julio Jones’, and a Larry Fitzgerald …. uh… sure. But it’s about willing-to-spend-draft-capital. The AB’s of the world don’t grow on trees. There is a reason that Atlanta gave up the farm to get Julio. And Arizona drafted Larry Fitz at number 3 overall. That’s generally the commitment you have to make to get the cream of the crop WR’s.

    And here you go giving your opinion about when you think Ben is going to be done. Fair enough. But if you yourself think he has 2 more years, then we definitely don’t need to stress this year about finding a replacement quite yet. We still have… a few years.

    And who TF cares if they waste pre-draft visits on mid-round QB’s who aren’t going to see the field for a minimum of 3 years based upon your own projections? Uh… THIS GUY. Which is what this whole thing began with. I care. Because it’s a pointless waste. I’d rather we brought in 8 OLB’s. 8 CB’s, 4 ILB’s, 4 Safeties, 3 RB’s and 3 TE’s…. rather than the current 5 QB’s and 5 WR’s they are showing interest in.

  • Michael Conrad

    Five QB’s out of 30 tells me a QB will be taken.

  • Ike Evans

    Thought they had dinner with lawson too?

  • Lebanese Mike Tomlin

    i can see the pick being tj watt , david nyjoku or budda baker

  • Lebanese Mike Tomlin

    i think the steelers like throwing it the pro day dinner as a possible first round selection because it is low key. not sure if artie had dinner but i know bud and william jackson did who would of been the pic. Just saying

  • Donny Simmons

    Alex do you have any updates to this list?

  • Klacker1

    Alex, over the weekend there was a piece on Bleacher Report that showed (allegedly) Brad Kayaa’s airplane ticket with Pittsburgh as a destination and then photos he (allegedly) posted of downtown Pittsburgh on Saturday. Did he make a visit over the weekend or Monday that wasn’t reported?

  • Alex Kozora

    Updated and re-formatted the list so hopefully it’s easier for you guys to digest. Moved local visits to their own category and sorted the visits by position, not date. Let me know if you prefer this way or not.

  • Alex Kozora

    We wrote about it. Was not confirmed by the team but he’s in the “reported” category.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    27 officially have visited, and 4 still reportedly scheduled. Who’s the odd man out?

  • Michael James

    Interesting that there are very few first-round prospects on the official visits list. I would only consider Mahomes, Humphrey, Baker, Melifonwu, Davis and McKinley (though I don’t agree here) as possible targets in the first round.

  • Alex Kozora

    I dunno.

  • Alex Kozora

    As Burns and Dupree showed, first round pick and pre-draft visit doesn’t have a strong correlation.

  • Klacker1

    Organizing the list that way makes it easier to use. Not sure why the DEs are sprinkled in with the OLBs. Maybe alphabetize too? Anyhow, nice improvement!

  • Big Joe

    Thanks for the update. If I counted right though, there are 27 listed as done and 4 reportedly scheduled. Of the 4, Nicholson is from Michigan St and not local so that makes 28 non-local visits. So, only 2 of the reportedly scheduled visits will take place given the cap of 30, right?

  • capehouse

    3 visits, 1 local visit and 3 Pro Day dinner meetings. 7 DL, but I’m sure most you’ll talk with with be dismissive about selecting a DL early in this draft. Not me. Really hope Kpassagnon falls to us in rd 3. Would love Carlos Watkins at that spot too.

  • capehouse

    Local invites consists of prospects who played locally at the high school level too.

  • Alex Kozora

    Only Kpassagnon is and he’s sorta a hybrid guy. Fits either category.

  • Alex Kozora

    Nicholson is confirmed, not reported. He’s local and doesn’t count anyway. Went to Gateway HS outside of Pittsburgh (just like Hester).

    But yes, we have 4 “reported” visits and only three slots left. So they can’t all visit, unless someone is a local and I’m not aware of it.

  • Big Joe

    Capehouse filled me in on the fact that Montae is from the local area – Monroesville if I’m correct – so it counts as a local visit. Don’t know if any one else fits that profile too. Thanks again for keeping the tracker up.

  • Joaney Bones

    You are correct. WV, PITT and PSU are local visits and don’t count against the 30 limit.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Josh Jones or Jourdan Lewis? Both had pre-draft visits.