More defensive backs, Nkemdiche visit Steelers

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The Steelers hosted another group of pre-draft visitors Monday, and it’s no surprise that most of them were defensive backs.

The Steelers are looking to get younger and better in the secondary, specifically at safety. Monday’s visitors were Colorado cornerback Ken Crawley, Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones, Virginia Tech outside linebacker Dadi Nicolas, Boston College safety Justin Simmons, Maryland safety Sean Davis, Ole Miss defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, West Virginia safety Karl Joseph and South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper.

Previous visitors included Ohio State safety Vonn Bell, Boise State safety Darian Thompson and Florida safety Keanu Neal. The Steelers pick 25th in the first round, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Steelers use that pick on a defensive back or defensive lineman.

Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin is always one of the most visible head coaches on the Pro Day circuit. He spent time with Joseph after West Virginia’s Pro Day last week.

The Steelers are still deep at wide receiver even with Martavis Bryant suspended for a year, but a year after drafting Sammie Coates and bringing him along slowly they could take another mid-round wide receiver and follow a similar plan. Cooper, who’s just 21, had 17 receiving touchdowns over his final two seasons at South Carolina.

A talented player with some off-field questions to answer, Nkemdiche is one of the wildcards of this year’s draft. He’s been busy on the pre-draft visit circuit as teams try to get some of those questions answered.

7 responses to “More defensive backs, Nkemdiche visit Steelers

  1. The Steelers are just doing what they always do… kick the tires and wait and see what they can do to better the team… Come draft day i wouldnt be shocked if they DONT take a CB in round 1… they havent since 1997 and i THINK they have a few SB rings to show…

  2. Last year the Steelers took two cornerbacks and one safety, this year I think they might go the other way, two safeties and one corner. In order to run a decent dime (6 dbs) defense you need six decent defensive backs. For depth and scheme versatility, you need around 8, and right now they don’t have it.

    However, this draft is supposed to be deep at those positions, a situation where the Steelers tend to wait, figuring they can get good players in mid and late rounds. What will they take with their #1? Probably another edge rusher. They’re stubborn about drafting outside pass rushers.

    Go Steelers!

  3. Wow, as their AFCN rivals get older and slower, the Steelers are getting younger and faster. I’m always amazed how this team is the beacon of light for all other teams to follow!

  4. I would not mind seeing the Steelers trade back out of the 1st round & stockpile more picks. The experts are saying this is a very deep defensive draft. If they are correct then grab an extra 3rd & still get two starters in the 2nd.

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