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Author:  Pabst [ Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:55 pm ]
Post subject:  2017 Steelers Official Draft Visits

Enjoying a slow day at work, so I've been messing around on twitter. I've noticed that the Steelers have brought in a few prospects for official visits, so I wanted to get this thread going. Mods - feel free to start an "official" thread and delete this one.

Edit: Adding a few more names from this morning and grouping by CBS projected draft round:

Confirmed Visits:

1. Pat Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech Post-Gazette (1)
2. Takkarist McKinley, EDGE, UCLA Bob Labriola (1)
3. Zach Cunningham, ILB, Vandy Bob Labriola (1)
4. Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama Bob Labriola (1)
5. Budda Baker, S, Washington Bob Labriola (1 or 2)
6. Obi Melifonwu, S, UConn Bob Labriola (1 or 2)
7. Tim Williams, OLB, Alabama Bob Labriola (2)
8. Jarrad Davis, ILB, Florida Bob Labriola (2)
9. Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State Bob Labriola (2)
10. Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown State Bob Labriola (2)
11. Josh Jones, SS, NC State Bob Labriola (2)
12. Jalen Myrick, CB, Minnesota Bob Labriola (2 or 3)
13. Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan Bob Labriola (3)
14. Rasul Douglas, CB, West Virginia Bob Labriola (3 or 4)
15. Carroll Phillips, OLB, Illinois Bob Labriola (4)
16. Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois Post-Gazette (4)
17. Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE, Villanova Bob Labriola (4 or 5)
18. Shelton Gibson, WR, West Virginia Bob Labriola (5)
19. Mack Hollins, WR, North Carolina Bob Labriola (5)
20. Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M Post-Gazette (5)
21. Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee Post-Gazette <-- Steelers pick. (6)
22. Javancy Jones, EDGE, Jackson State Ray Fittipaldo (6)
23. Samson Ebukam, OLB, Eastern Washington Bob Labriola (7/UDFA)
24. Keion Adams, EDGE, Western Michigan Bob Labriola (7/UDFA). <--Steelers pick
25. Jason Croom, TE, Tennessee Bob Labriola (7/UDFA)
26. Pita Taumoepenu, EDGE, Utah Bob Labriola (7/UDFA)
27. Francis Kallon, DE, Georgia Tech Bob Labriola (7/UDFA)
28. Patrick Gamble, DE, Georgia Tech Bob Labriola (7/UDFA)

Total - 28

By Position:
QB 2, RB 0, TE 1, WR 5, OL 0

DL 3, OLB/Edge 8, ILB 2, CB 4, S 3

Local Visits:
Nate Peterman, QB, Pitt Bob Labriola (3 or 4)
James Conner, RB, Pitt Bob Labriola (4). <-- Steelers pick
Treyvon Hester, DT, Toledo Bob Labriola (6 or 7)
Montae Nicholson, SS, Michigan State Bob Labriola (7/UDFA) - Local visit per Kaboly
Scott Orndoff, TE, Pitt Ray Fittipaldo (7/UDFA)
Ryan Lewis, CB, Pitt Bob Labriola (7/UDFA)

Unconfirmed:
Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State BTSC (2)
Davis Webb, QB, Cal Steelers Depot (2 or 3)
Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami Steelers Depot (3 or 4)

Author:  Steelafan77 [ Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Steelers Official Draft Visits

Not sure if this qualifies as an official visit but...

#Steelers have private workout with Patrick Mahomes this week. http://steelerswire.usatoday.com/2017/0 ... h-pro-day/

Author:  bradshaw2ben [ Fri Mar 31, 2017 6:55 pm ]
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Steelafan77 wrote:
Not sure if this qualifies as an official visit but...

#Steelers have private workout with Patrick Mahomes this week. http://steelerswire.usatoday.com/2017/0 ... h-pro-day/

It does not count as a visit-- they are going to Texas to watch him, so he can actually work out. If he comes to PGH, it counts aginst the limit AND he can't work out.

Author:  Pabst [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:03 pm ]
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http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/Steelers-Blog/2017/04/03/nfl-draft-patrick-mahomes-steelers-joshua-dobbs-kenny-golloday-joshua-reynolds/stories/201704030113

Pat Mahomes, Josh Dobbs, Kenny Golloday, and Josh Reynolds

Author:  tazfootball2 [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:26 pm ]
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I would not invest a pick at QB in this draft class...

Author:  SteelDrama [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:27 pm ]
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Quote:
UCLA edge rusher Takkarist McKinley is visiting the Browns, Steelers, Ravens and Bengals this week.
This is an interesting little AFC North tour for Mr. McKinley. The Steelers and Ravens may not have access to him, barring a trade up the board. A top-10 possibility, McKinley could make sense for the Bengals at No. 9 or the Browns at No. 12. Of course, Cleveland is almost assuredly going to have taken Myles Garrett at No. 1 by then.
Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter Apr 3 - 6:03 PM

Author:  Ice [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:02 pm ]
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McKinley being taken before the Steelers pick is a plus scenario.

Author:  Scunge [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:15 pm ]
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I think the Steelers are going to draft a QB this year. If Mahommes is there in round 1 he is the guy. If not, then Dobbs is the fallback option with one of our 3rd round picks or our 4th round pick if he falls that far.

I like their thinking on both. Mahommes and Dobbs will both need time to develop but if it were me, those would be two of the QBs that I take a chance on.

Author:  Suwanee88 [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:24 pm ]
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Scunge wrote:
I think the Steelers are going to draft a QB this year. If Mahommes is there in round 1 he is the guy. If not, then Dobbs is the fallback option with one of our 3rd round picks or our 4th round pick if he falls that far.

I like their thinking on both. Mahommes and Dobbs will both need time to develop but if it were me, those would be two of the QBs that I take a chance on.

I agree - I think they are taking Mahomes at 30. He is their kind of QB, and they like the idea of him sitting the remainder of Ben's deal.

If they do this, I wish they would also trade up and nab an OLB or CB too.

Author:  bradshaw2ben [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:51 pm ]
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tazfootball2 wrote:
I would not invest a pick at QB in this draft class...

I'd run to the podium if Mahomes is there at 1.30.

I'd trade picks from next year to move up after that and get an edge and a CB. Why be so conservative?

Author:  Ice [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:22 pm ]
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If the choice is between a guy like Bowser or Mahomes, I think the value is with Mahomes, for the future of the team. The cream of the crop edge guys will be reasonably picked over by 1.30, as demonstrated in both board mocks. CB, the second round-early 4th is pretty well stocked with talent, even deeper if you're able to overlook some warts.

This could be the year to take the chance on the QB.

Author:  cop1211 [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:32 pm ]
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I dislike this years qb class. I would trade up in next years draft including picks from 2019 draft.

Author:  Ice [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:41 pm ]
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With that one exception, I totally agree on this year's QB class, cop.

Author:  Pabst [ Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:31 pm ]
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I think in years past we have waited for local sources before 'confirming' a pre-draft visit. I'll add McKinley, and here's one more:

Quote:
#NCState S Josh Jones, who worked out for the #Titans today, is visiting the #Vikings tomorrow, source said. #Browns, #Steelers, #Bears loom

Author:  jebrick [ Tue Apr 04, 2017 7:29 am ]
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cop1211 wrote:
I dislike this years qb class. I would trade up in next years draft including picks from 2019 draft.


If the juniors/RS Soph come out next year it could be an impressive class.

Author:  Pabst [ Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:40 am ]
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Quote:
Bob Labriola‏Verified account @BobLabriola

Draft visitors: CB Jourdan Lewis, OLB Derek Rivers, S Monte Nicholson, OLB Takkarist McKinley


https://twitter.com/BobLabriola/status/849284770928496640

Author:  bradshaw2ben [ Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:55 am ]
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Suwanee88 wrote:
Scunge wrote:
I think the Steelers are going to draft a QB this year. If Mahommes is there in round 1 he is the guy. If not, then Dobbs is the fallback option with one of our 3rd round picks or our 4th round pick if he falls that far.

I like their thinking on both. Mahommes and Dobbs will both need time to develop but if it were me, those would be two of the QBs that I take a chance on.

I agree - I think they are taking Mahomes at 30. He is their kind of QB, and they like the idea of him sitting the remainder of Ben's deal.

If they do this, I wish they would also trade up and nab an OLB or CB too.

Draft Mahomes and offer next year's 1st for an early 2nd rounder for Bowser or Willis. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that strategy.

Author:  jebrick [ Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:17 pm ]
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Pabst wrote:
Quote:
Bob Labriola‏Verified account @BobLabriola

Draft visitors: CB Jourdan Lewis, OLB Derek Rivers, S Monte Nicholson, OLB Takkarist McKinley


https://twitter.com/BobLabriola/status/849284770928496640


Rivers might be considered a local visit. very close to the 50 mile radius.

Author:  bradshaw2ben [ Tue Apr 04, 2017 12:23 pm ]
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I think it would be just outside-- between 55 and 65, depending on where they measure to-from.

Author:  Suwanee88 [ Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:38 pm ]
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bradshaw2ben wrote:
Suwanee88 wrote:
Scunge wrote:
I think the Steelers are going to draft a QB this year. If Mahommes is there in round 1 he is the guy. If not, then Dobbs is the fallback option with one of our 3rd round picks or our 4th round pick if he falls that far.

I like their thinking on both. Mahommes and Dobbs will both need time to develop but if it were me, those would be two of the QBs that I take a chance on.

I agree - I think they are taking Mahomes at 30. He is their kind of QB, and they like the idea of him sitting the remainder of Ben's deal.

If they do this, I wish they would also trade up and nab an OLB or CB too.

Draft Mahomes and offer next year's 1st for an early 2nd rounder for Bowser or Willis. There's absolutely nothing wrong with that strategy.

You and I would do this, I would be blown away if Colbert pulled the trigger on something like this.

Author:  Pabst [ Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:38 pm ]
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Article is a few years old, but here's a primer on what constitutes a 'local' visit.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/04/05/breaking-down-the-rules-regarding-pre-draft-rookie-visits/
Quote:
Players who attend college or reside in a club’s “metropolitan area” can be given a physical examination without counting against the 30-player limit, unless the club provides transportation for the visit. Also, a player who attends college or whose hometown is in a club’s “metropolitan area” may be timed and tested at the club’s facility, as long as the club does not provide transportation.

“Metropolitan area” is defined as contiguous suburbs. There isn’t a 25-mile, 50-mile, or any other type of mileage radius rule. The league office uses the 2011 Rand-McNally Road Atlas to determine the metropolitan area of a city.


I don't think that Youngstown qualifies.

On a positive note, Kaboly just confirmed that Nicholson is a local visit (he's from Monroeville).

Author:  Pabst [ Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:56 pm ]
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Quote:
Bob Labriola‏Verified account @BobLabriola

Draft visitors: S Budda Baker, LB Jarrad Davis, S Josh Jones, WR Chris Godwin Jr., RB James Conner

https://twitter.com/BobLabriola/status/850017795484127232

Author:  Steelafan77 [ Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:15 am ]
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I found a list of all the prospects the Steelers have had contact with in one form or another.

The list:
SR - Senior Bowl meeting.
EW - East-West Shrine meeting.
COM - Combine meeting.
INT - Interested.
VINT - Very Interested.
PRO - Pro Day or campus meeting/workout.
LOC - Local visit. Prospect making a local visit.
PRI - Private visit. Prospect making an official 30 visit.
WOR - Private Workout. Members of an organization working out a player in private.
STM - Some Type of Meeting.
% - indicates more than one meeting at an event.
^ - has met with team at more than one event.
# - indicates meeting set up outside of the 2017 Senior Bowl or the 2017 East-West Shrine Game


Budda Baker, S, Washington (PRI)
Vince Biegel, OLB, Wisconsin (PRO)
Jake Butt, TE, Michigan (PRO)
Austin Calitro, ILB, Villanova (EW)
Taco Charlton, DE/3-4OLB, Michigan (PRO)
James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh (PRI)
Jarrad Davis, ILB/OLB, Florida (PRI)
Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee (PRI)
Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama (COM)
Wayne Gallman, RB, Clemson (COM)
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State (PRI)
Kenny Golladay, WR, Northern Illinois (PRI)
Josh Jones, S, N.C. State (PRI)
Tanoh Kpassagnon^, DE/3-4DE, Villanova (COM, WOR)
Jourdan Lewis, CB, Michigan (PRI)
Marlon Mack, RB, South Florida (COM)
Pat Mahomes^, QB, Texas Tech (COM, PRI)
Marcus Maye, S, Florida (PRO)
Takkarist McKinley^, OLB/DE/3-4OLB, UCLA (STM, PRI)
Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Ohio State (PRI)
Obi Melifonwu, S, Connecticut (PRI)
Montae Nicholson, S, Michigan State (PRI)
Scott Orndoff, TE, Pittsburgh (LOC)
Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh (WOR)
Josh Reynolds^, WR, Texas A&M (COM, PRI)
Derek Rivers^, DE, Youngstown State (COM, PRI)
Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee (SR)
Damarius Travis, SS, Minnesota (EW)
T.J. Watt^, OLB/3-4OLB/ILB, Wisconsin (COM, PRO)
Davis Webb^, QB, California (PRO, PRI)
Marcus Williams, S, Utah (COM)
Chris Wormley^, DT/DE/3-4DE, Michigan (COM, PRO)

WF updates the list as it unfolds.
http://walterfootball.com/ProspectMeeti ... LiXfYkE.99

Author:  Pabst [ Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:37 pm ]
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Quote:
Bob Labriola‏Verified account @BobLabriola

Draft visitors for Friday: LB Carroll Phillips from Illinois; LB Zach Cunningham from Vanderbilt


https://twitter.com/BobLabriola/status/850374325458874368

Author:  Steelafan77 [ Sun Apr 09, 2017 12:38 pm ]
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Quote:
@nfldraftscout
Samson Ebukam is on his 3rd of 12 visits. So much interest teams are flying him from team city to team city. Today is Pitt, tomorrow is GB https://twitter.com/nfldraftscout/statu ... 1965089792


Intriguing prospect for sure. Ran a 4.5 40/1.53 split, vertical of 39", broad of 10'10", SS 4.34, 7.07 3 cone and benched 225 24x. Athleticism/play strength is there. Bit raw but very moldable.

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