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Steelers kick off official pre-draft visits with a trio of defensive backs and an offensive lineman

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With the NFL Draft just weeks away, the Steelers have started their official pre-draft visits with prospects. See who was at Steelers headquarters Friday.

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It is that time of year again. With the 2016 NFL Draft inching closer, NFL teams are now beginning their official pre-draft visits. What is the difference between a pre-draft visit and some of the other meetings the team has had with potential draft picks? Simple. The team inviting a player to their facility is a clear sign of interest, compared to just talking with a player at the NFL Scouting Combine or at a Pro Day.

Now, just because a player travels to the Steel City and checks out the facility doesn't mean they are a lock to be a selection by the team, but in terms of interest there isn't anything more glaring than a pre-draft visit.

Friday the Steelers hosted a trio of defensive backs and an offensive lineman. The defensive backs were safety Deon Bush of Miami, safety Jeremy Cash from Duke, cornerback David White from Georgia Tech and LSU offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins.

This is most likely the first of a long list of defensive players to make the trek to Western Pennsylvania as the team has their most glaring needs on the defensive side of the ball. To compound the defensive needs, the Steelers will most likely be focusing on defensive backs, defensive lineman, pass rushers and the occasional offensive position player sprinkled in.

Be sure to check out our BTSC Steelers Draft Visit Tracker with all reported visits in one convenient location.