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Pittsburgh Steelers work out a trio of defensive prospects

The Pittsburgh Steelers still have some hope left in the 2015 season, but that hasn't stopped them from working out some players who could be signed to 'future' contracts at the end of the season.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are clinging to a small slice of hope that their 2015 regular season will end with a playoff berth, and not by being one of the more dangerous teams on the outside looking in at the AFC Playoffs. Nonetheless, most NFL teams, even as they prepare for Week 17, are also preparing for the offseason.

When the regular season ends, teams can sign players to 'future' contracts which will give players the chance to prove their worth and try to make the team throughout offseason workouts clear to training camp. As reported by NFL Insider Aaron Wilson, the Steelers worked out three defensive players Wednesday.

Here is a quick synopsis of the three players who were brought in for workouts:

Ray Vinopal

Vinopal should be familiar with the Steelers' Rooney Sports Complex, since he played his college football at the University of Pittsburgh. Vinopal was an undrafted free agent signing by the Dallas Cowboys in 2015, and the defensive back was recently released by the team. The Youngstown, OH product will try to make a name for himself at a position which is extremely thin on the Steelers depth chart -- safety.

Check out this video profile for Vinopal done in his final year with the Pitt Panthers.

Marquis Spruill

This 6-foot 1-inch linebacker from Syracuse was a 5th round draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons in 2014, but a knee injury derailed his rookie season. In 2015, he failed to find a home in Atlanta, as he was released by the team in August. The Steelers could be looking to add depth at the outside linebacker position by bringing in Spruill.

Since the last meaningful football Spruill played was his Senior year in college, here is what he brought to the table at Syracuse.

Jacob Hagen

The third defensive prospect the Steelers put through a workout was safety Jacob Hagen. Hagen played his college football at Liberty, and is a very tall safety standing at 6-feet 3-inches and 205-pounds. Hagen was an undrafted free agent signing by the St. Louis Rams and could be a part of a very fierce competition to add depth at the safety position for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Check out what Hagen can do on the field: