Steelers Host Five More Players For Pre-Draft Visits On Thursday

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are entertaining five more pre-draft visitors on Thursday and that list of players includes three defensive and two offensive players.

According to Bob Labriola of steelers.com, Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, Washington safety Budda Baker, North Carolina State safety Josh Jones, Pittsburgh running back James Conner, and Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin are all in town visiting with the team on Thursday.

Davis, who measured in at the combine at 6013, 238-pounds, registered 205 total tackles at Florida in addition to 5.5 sacks, 10 defensed passes, one interception and two forced fumbles. The Steelers recently attended his pro day and he’s likely to be selected in the first two rounds.

Baker, who measured in at the combine at 5095, 195-pounds, recorded 200 total tackles during his college career to go along with four sacks, five interceptions and 24 pass breakups. Like Davis, Baker is expected to be selected somewhere in the first two rounds.

Jones, another safety, measured in at the combine at 6013, 220-pounds. He registered 229 total tackles during his college career in addition to eight interceptions, 25 pass breakups, 2.5 sacks and one forced fumble. Jones is viewed by many draft analysts as day-two prospect.

Godwin, who measures in at 6010, 209-pounds, caught 154 passes for 2,421 yards and 18 touchdowns during his college career. Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley was present at Godwin’s pro day and the wide receiver is expected to be selected during the second day of the draft.

Conner, who probably doesn’t need much of an introduction if you follow Pittsburgh sports, rushed for 3,733 yards and 52 touchdowns during his college career that was interrupted by his six-month battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Conner, who measured in at the combine at 6014, 233-pounds, is expected to be drafted somewhere during day-three. He is considered a local prospect and thus won’t count against the Steelers 30 allotted pre-draft visitors.

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Florida ILB Jarrad Davis

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: NC State SS Josh Jones

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Washington S Budda Baker

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Penn State WR Chris Godwin

2017 NFL Draft Player Profiles: Pitt RB James Conner

  • Steelers12

    Connor has grown on me because of you guys but now im hearing a lot about Josh Jones but no way he you can talk me into him or Baker over OBI

  • Spencer Krick

    *Looks at Baker making a pre-draft visit*

    So you’re telling me there’s a chance!

  • Spencer Krick

    Still a chance Obi doesn’t make it to 30, I think Baker would be a great nickel/dime option. Don’t think Baker’s a round 1 guy, though.

  • Thomas

    If we draft Budda Baker at 1:30 I will be ecstatic. He is one of the better safety prospects the past few seasons. Played every DB position at WA (and unlike Peppers he looked good doing so) and is a really good blitzer. Can play S and slot CB. Pair him next to Davis and this secondary is elite.

  • Thomas

    Lets gooooo!

  • Anton Smolka

    Am I the only that thinks we don’t need to take an ILB? We’ve been switching to more 2-4-5 looks and you can cover up Williams’ poor coverage skills with another safety in the box or a CB in the slot.

  • Thomas

    Conner is apparently BFFs with Bell. I bet he is the RB pick at 3:41 or 4:30.

  • Thomas

    I think Williams locks down Timmons spot and Matakevich is good depth. However with us basically only needing depth (aside from OLB) I think that if ILB is BPA we draft one.

  • Spencer Krick

    Just hope the other team doesn’t run hurry up when Williams is on the field I guess.

    I like Williams, but if there is an upgrade to be had, take it.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Godwin is an Anquan Boldin-type receiver that I like. Not the fastest guy, but he’s able to make great catches, is a solid route-runner, and out-fights his coverage for 50/50 balls.

  • Steelers12

    wow nice bruising tandem but wouldn’t a speedster better accommodate us

  • Steelers12

    he isn’t but he won’t be there at bottom of 2nd, the penalty of being a winning team lol

  • T3xassteelers

    Why haven’t we heard much about Baker at 1:30 for us? Is it cause he’s a safety and not a huge need there or what? He seems to be a guy that can play all over the secondary. I would love for him to come here.

  • Sam Clonch

    52 TDs…Dude….

  • Anton Smolka

    Safety isn’t an immediate need in my opinion and he lacks the size and physicality to be able to cover TE’s or support the run in the box.

    I’d like Josh Jones in round 2 and groom him to be a Mitchell replacement. He can see some snaps in the nickel/dime right away

  • falconsaftey43

    I think you do need either an ILB or another really good S that you’re basically playing at ILB. Right now if you’re running 2-4-5 with Williams, I’d target him with crossing routes all day. If you sub him out for another DB (right now that looks like Golden?) you’re still not in great shape. The idea of having “match up” guys on defense is great, except you don’t know what the offense is going to do before you put them on the field. Offense can just look who is out there and then attach accordingly.

  • falconsaftey43

    He’s small, but in no way does he lack physicality. He throws his tiny body around.

  • Anton Smolka

    Yeah that’s a good point.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, that’s what I got from him as well. Dudes a player.

    Think he could play slot or be someone like Verrett?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Wouldn’t mind him in round 2, that’s for sure. Not quite sure I’d take him in round 1

  • Guest12

    Not much of a choice when you pick at the very bottom of the round and you know there is a fat chance he won’t be available at your next pick.

  • Guest12

    If we draft a CB in 1 or 2 and he starts and plays often, then I feel like, for now at least, we already have our extra DB on the roster in Will Gay. I know he has lost a step or 2 and he got eaten up against the Pats, but he was still one of the best rated zone coverage corners in the league last year and the year before. If you are able to just let him keep an eye on an area as an extra DB on the field, I don’t see him having trouble with that for a season or 2

  • Ike Evans

    Yes budda baker 🙏🙏🙏

  • Guest12

    Question: If you could go back to the 2015 draft, knowing what we know about both players now. Would you still take Bud Dupree or would you take Landon Collins. I really felt like Collins was the guy we should have taken (I had no problem with the Dupree pick and I still don’t) But having a guy like Collins in the backfield would have been an amazing thing to see in the Burgh

  • falconsaftey43

    I think he’s a Tyraun Matheiu or Karl Joseph type player, but not quite as good as either. I’d play him as a slot defender/safety.

  • SilverSteel

    Like…totally 🙂

  • Lebanese Mike Tomlin

    Drafting Ryan shazier is a great example . We had sean Spence and vince came off a decent rookie year and timmons, then we drafted shazier because of him being special , if someone they think is special is there don’t be surprised

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    why?

  • srdan

    Man if one of the first 3 fall to 62

  • srdan

    I love big red, but he is not good depth. Dude tackles but can’t keep up with anyone.

  • Ace

    They must be thinking Davis will fall into the second round. No way they have him as first round eligible right? That selection would set this board on fire. After all the talk of OLB, CB, S to go with an ILB… Not a huge fan of Baker’s fit on this team. Not sure he could replace MM and don’t think he would be a better slot corner than someone we could get later on (Kazee, Elder, Lewis). Great player, wouldn’t be too upset, but a small box safety convert to Nickel project in the first is pretty steep IMHO. I would be ok with JJ in the third to replace MM if he can play deep effectively.

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Hes the same size as the legend polamalu..also earl thomas

  • Ike Evans

    Imo…hes one of the best ball players in this draft…very underrated

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    ok..but if we go for him it must be in the 1st rd

  • Ike Evans

    Not necessarily

  • Ace

    Can he play the deep position? Did he do that in college at all? Honest question. I wonder about his size helping out against the big WR in the NFL and the big TE’s coming right at him. I like him as a box safety/corner better than free, just not sure he is worth that early pick. As a fan, would you rather him over Obi?

  • Danielsteelstrong81

    Obi wont be there at 30

  • Shane Mitchell

    Assumptions, assumptions……people assume OLB and CB are the 2 biggest needs and we are looking for a replacement for Mike Mitchell at FS. You know what they say about assuming, dont you?

  • PaeperCup

    Looking hard at those safeties. I’ll be honest, I never thought that as a position of need outside of depth, but some of these players have me really excited. Melinfonwu, Jones, Baker.

  • PaeperCup

    I’ve actaully seen more mocks with Obi falling outside of the first round, even after the combine.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Budda Baker would have an immediate impact in the defense, tackling is by far this team’s major weakness, draft him and start him at SS.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Only people that dont study gamefilm and believe everything they read in the media think safety isnt a big need, the truth is we need a real SS that can tackle like a man not a pansy ass over rated, over drafted, over hyped college CB that gets stiff armed down to the ground like a girl trying to tackle Julian Edelman. Sean Davis isnt a SS he was drafted to play as a Cover-2 safety and thats all he is good for, he doesnt take on blocks and he doesnt tackle worth a damn.

    We are looking for a real SS not a FS.

  • Anton Smolka

    Hot take 🔥

  • Ace

    Thanks. Does that ball tell you where he’s gonna land too or just that he will be off the board?

  • CP72

    Jarrad Davis sure feels like a Colbert pick….need, great athlete, safe pick.

  • Ace

    Bro. Cutting through all that, you trying to say OLB and CB aren’t the biggest needs and they don’t need to find a replacement for MM? MM is going into year 4 of a 5 year contract and his cap hit is pretty significant. He will be 30 at the start of the year. They would be wise to start looking for a replacement if he isn’t on the roster already. I’m not assuming anything, they need help at those 2 positions. Interviews and visits show that.

  • Sam Clonch

    I thought Dupree was the PERFECT guy for the LOLB spot. Never expected him to fall to us. If he hadn’t, I remember Byron Jones being connected to us more than Collins. In retrospect, Collins would have been a pretty great pick though. Personally I’d rather have to only find 1 OLB and 1 safety in a draft than 2 safety or 2 OLB.

    Of course, I’m not on the Mitchell hate train like a lot of people. I think Davis will be better this year and over his career than Mike, but Mike’s okay.

  • Sam Clonch

    Someone tell Goodwin he needs to work on his 3 cone time!

  • Jason Vancil

    Everyone expects an Edge or maybe ObI at 1.30, I have a sneaky feeling about Jarrad Davis. And hope an EDGE like Bowser or Rivers makes it to 2.62. Would this board meltdown if that happened?

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    I agree. I like him in the slot as well. Imagine the Charles Woodson with the packers role.

  • AndyR34

    With any kind of luck!

  • MC

    Baker looks like a stud. Hopefully teams get deterred by his size and he falls to us at a nice spot.

  • MC

    I would dig that, then go a CB with one of the third round picks for sure.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    YES! A developmental edge does nothing for you in the short term. And if you are going to draft a developmental guy, I’d much prefer the TE Shaheen in round 2. Two years from now he’ll pay bigger dividends. If Willis is on the board at 2.62 that is a different story. He can contribute right away.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    The more I see the more it makes me think Jarrad Davis is the guy. The need, his conference, he checks the Tomlin athlete box, visits from both Colbert and ILB Coach Olsavsky at his pro day and now he was brought in for a visit and he should be there when we pick. The other thing is ILB is not deep so getting a quality ILB early is paramount. Will be interesting to see if Raekwon McMillian is brought in for a visit?

  • LucasY59

    I think his size, as well as there being 5-10 pretty good 1st-2nd rd talents at safety could make him available at the Steelers 2nd pick, and that would be good value, plus he would fill a big need as a slot cover guy (and would be strong against the run at that position, which is a extra bonus)

  • MC

    Would love him with the second pick. Such a willing and skilled tackler, just what the backfield needs.

  • LucasY59

    when Collins fell out of the 1st rd and the Titans had the 1st pick in the 2nd I was wanting the Steelers to trade and get him, LeBeau had just moved to Tennesse and I thought a guy like Sean Spence (who Coach Dickie obviously liked and signed as a FA the following yr) and a later/mid rd pick (4th rd #121 (doran grant pick) plus the Steelers 2nd pick #56 (senquez golson) hindsight the CBs have not helped the team so far, and Collins is a pro bowler, so it definitely wouldve been worth it) couldve been enough to make the trade happen, but it didnt *the Giants made the trade instead

    to answer the ?, I still go with Bud, I was really happy Dupree was still available and if they didnt have him the OLB position would be even worse, which would be a really bad thing

    *getting both Dupree and Collins wouldve been a great draft

  • LucasY59

    Troy was heavier, over 200lbs, Baker will struggle to stay above 190 which will make it harder for him to be a starter at Safety, but I think Budda is a really good player and if they could get him with the 2nd pick it would be great

  • LucasY59

    and every one of them makes me hate whoever else they picked for the Steelers (that they passed up Obi for) I am more confident than I was earlier that he will be there, Reddick is the one that is already gone on most mocks, but Obi would be a great consolation to missing out on Haason, plus Melifonwu can do some of the things they would try to use Reddick (LB in coverage) so right now Obi is my most realistic #1 option for pick #30

  • Thomas

    He covers the deep ball well. I didn’t see larger WRs give him fits, but he struggled occasionally against larger TEs. I think he is worth it round 1, his tape is pretty good.

  • Guest12

    Man if your trade scenario would have really happened, I would have gone bananas. I’m just stuck on this one, I would most likely still take Dupree, but boy safeties like Collins are hard to find, but a guy like Dupree doesn’t fall that far very often at all.

  • SilverSteel

    Wow man, that was harsh. Davis played lights out for his 1st year and he added observable value to the team. In the past our guys waited till year 3 to have that kind of role. What did you expect from his rookie debut?

  • SilverSteel

    He would be an absolute steal at 2:30. I would be lovin that pick!! 🙂

  • SilverSteel

    And we know how much Tomlin falls in love with versatility to a fault.

  • SilverSteel

    WHo do you like at RB for this draft? Gallman, Perine or Mack?

  • SilverSteel

    You think Baker would be there at 2:62? I would love that pick all day!

  • LucasY59

    I think it is possible (but he could also go before the Steelers 1st pick) it is kinda a tough draft to predict the two early rds because there are so many good players, and the 3rd is even harder because I really just have to guess on who will still be there then, it is a good problem because I think if the team sticks more to the BPA approach (instead of reaching for need) they should get 4 good players on Thursday and Friday (and the leftover talent on Saturday should be good as well)

  • PaeperCup

    Same with me, Reddick was my first draft crush this year. He’s now moved out of range. As far as defense goes, Obi is my next crush….but I’ve seen him as high as the teens, as low as late 2nd round. I guess on average that puts him right around our 30 pick.

    I think we both are on the same page about how either of these players provide a level of versatility this team could really use….particularly against pass catching TEs

  • Shane Mitchell

    Really? watch the all-22 of practically any time we are not in cover-2 (2 deep safeties) and watch how he plays, he avoids taking on blocks like a matador getting out of the way of a bull (example Ezekiel Elliot 88 yard TD) The only reason he was playing was because we were trying to run a bunch of Tomlin’s rush 4 play Cover-2 BS and thats why Tomlin drafted him in the first place to play as a Cover-2 safety. He is not a strong safety. You fans that think he is good and then turn around and moan about the pass rush are ignorant, we have no pass rush because we are playing a lot of cover-2 only rushing 4 and cant blitz much while playing Cover-2. and drafting a bunch of OLBs wont make much difference, we will still be rushing 4 against 6 because we dont have a legit SS to play our old scheme very well, the best game of the year at the SS position was played by Jordan Dangerfield and it wasnt even close.

    I dont think most fans even realize the difference in the defense when we play cover-2 if they did, most of you wouldnt be Sean Davis fans, because he is Mike Tomlin’s pick that he forced into the lineup so we could play his horrible cover-2 scheme. Thats why Sean Davis was handed the job, he didnt earn a damn thing and this lights out analogy is absurd.

    If we draft Budda Baker that would be the best sign any fans could ever want to see for our defense, that means the Cover-2 BS is going to be minimized and we will get back to Steeler football. Then the pass rush will be back, it is more scheme not personnel. We dont have the right type of pass rushers inside to run Tomlin’s Cover-2 defense, Here are some clues to look for to know what to expect out of the defense next season, if we draft real SS early that is a good sign the cover-2 experiment is over, if we draft some 280lb pass rushing dlinemen early that means it is going to continue, because to play that scheme well requires much quicker players pass rushing inside than we currently have on the roster.

  • Thomas

    Of those 3: Perine > Mack > Gallman.