Draft visitors for Wed.: S Landon Collins of Alabama; CB Drxter McDonald from Kansas; LB Davis Tull of TN-Chat; DE Preston Smith of Miss ...— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 22, 2015
The Pittsburgh Steelers seem to be wrapping up their 2015 pre-draft visits with prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft. Wednesday they hosted four more players, and seem to be done with pre-draft visits before the first round of the Draft on April 30th.
The players brought in today were Alabama safety, Landon Collins, Kansas cornerback Dexter McDonald, Tennessee Chattanooga linebacker Davis Tull and Mississippi defensive end Preston Smith.
Collins is the biggest name of the group, and someone Steelers' fans have been longing for since Alabama was eliminated from the NCAA Football Final Four tournament. Collins is a first round talent, and someone the Steelers should consider if he falls to them at No. 22. Collins is a fierce competitor and plays the run extremely well. The Steelers safety depth is certainly a concern with the retirement of Troy Polamalu, and Collins could help add to the depth behind Mike Mitchell and Shamarko Thomas.
McDonald is a tall cornerback (6-feet 1-inches) who has the speed to match with a 4.4 second 40-yard dash at his pro day. McDonald has great speed and leverage, but struggles with comeback routes and quick hitches. Considered a quality late round pick, or a priority free agent after the draft.
Tull is another player from a smaller school who had great production at the college level, but scouts wonder whether that success will translate into NFL success. Although displaying a ferocious style of play, Tull's speed to get around the edge on top level offensive tackles has been in question since he declared for the NFL Draft. Projected to be a 3rd or 4th round pick, Tull is an athlete who is capable of making an NFL roster.
Smith is a defensive end who could show the ability to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme. Projected to be drafted in the second round, Smith has shown the ability to get after the ball carrier, but lacks some serious NFL style pass rushing techniques. Considered by scouts to be an "edge rounder" and not a "corner turner", and also has very mundane inside pass rushing moves. Smith, like Tull, could help bolster the Steelers OLB depth as well as help via special teams.
With the Steelers completed their pre-draft visits, be sure to see the final list by checking out BTSC's Pre-Draft visit tracker.