The Pittsburgh Steelers continue their cross country journey to visit specific players at their college pro days, and the next up for the Steelers is Missouri's edge pass rusher Shane Ray. Ray, like Bud Dupree who Steelers brass watched at Kentucky's pro day last week, is thought to be an extreme talent who could be off the board before the Steelers select at No. 22.
Nonetheless, many experts have seen Ray drop a bit in mock drafts due to his lack of working out at the NFL Scouting Combine. Ray didn't run or jump at the combine, but did put up 21 repetitions on the 225-pound bench press drill.
Ray has the athleticism and strength to catapult him to be a top 15 selection in the draft, but some experts say he relies too much on his natural athleticism and less on technique to have him be an immediate success in the NFL. Although many teams want the immediate NFL-ready player, the Steelers have been willing to show patience with players as they develop into their new environment.
If Ray were to drop to the 22nd selection, the Steelers shouldn't see any fault in selecting him, but also consider re-signing James Harrison to not only help mold the young pass rusher, but to also limit his snaps and allow him to use his athleticism to make plays all over the field.
The Steelers rarely even discuss moving up in the draft, but if they like Ray enough and he falls close enough to the 22nd pick, they certainly could pull off a trade to get the pass rusher they feel they want, and potentially need.