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Steelers Bring In Two Safeties, One Linebacker For Pre-Draft Visit

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced three pre-draft visitors Tuesday morning. Florida State LB Matthew Thomas, Penn State safety Marcus Allen and Southern Miss safety Tarvarius Moore are at the team facility today.

Thomas, likely viewed as an ILB, had an impressive Combine workout. Standing in at 6’3 232 pounds, he ran a 4.58 40, jumped 41.5 inches in the vert, and 10’11” in the broad jump. Last season, he recorded 85 total tackles (10 for a loss) and finished with two sacks. He was a two-year starter for the Seminoles. NFL Draft Scout has him pegged as a late round pick though his stock is on the rise after that impressive workout. The odds are strong he gets selected.

Allen is a name probably well-known to a good chunk of Steelers’ Nation. A good tackler without any obvious flaws in his game, he started three full seasons and half of his freshman year. Allen was a tackle machine, racking up 320 in his career to go along with five forced fumbles. But he wasn’t a big playmaker in the secondary, ending his career with only one interception. He’s projected to go either late Day Two or early Day Three. Click here for Josh Carney’s full scouting report on him.

Moore is a popular name that’s sprung up over the last two weeks. A Combine snub, he didn’t get much love from the media until recently. He, like Thomas, had an eye-catching Pro Day, blazing a 4.32 40, touching 38.5 inches in the vert, and 11’1″ in the broad. A twp-year starter, he picked off five passes and made three tackles for a loss. He’s shaping up to be selected somewhere on Day Two.

Although not announced by the team, Stanford safety Justin Reid appears to also be in town today. He snapped this photo of the team facility a short time ago. I’m not sure why he isn’t being announced with the rest of the group.

Including Reid, that makes for 24 visitors out of a possible 30. You can find the full list here. 

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