The Pittsburgh Steelers are continuing to look hard and heavy at tight ends and on Tuesday the team had two more of them in for pre-draft visits.
Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman and tight end Kennard Backman out of Alabama- Birmingham were visitors Tuesday along with Washington State defensive tackle Xavier Cooper.
Heuerman, who is expected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, made it know over the weekend that he was headed to Pittsburgh for a visit. The 6-5, 254-pound tight end registered 52 catches for 792 yards and seven touchdowns during his college career.
Backman had way better receiving numbers as he registered 96 catches for 979 yards and nine touchdowns during his college career. It’s likely that he will go undrafted later this month.
The Steelers have now welcomed five tight ends to Pittsburgh for pre-draft visits, the most of any one position. The others that visited were C.J. Uzomah, Wes Saxton and Cameron Clear.
Cooper, a 6-3, 293-pound defensive end prospect, started all 25 games over the last two years and posted 23 tackles for loss during that time. Like Heuerman, he is projected to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round.