The Pittsburgh Steelers are putting the finishing touches on their pre-draft visits at the team's headquarters, and the visits to date have been dominated by defensive prospects. After all, everyone expects the Steelers to draft nothing but defensive players in Rounds 1-3.
See who visited the team Monday:
Steelers visits today (1/2): Ken Crawley, Colorado CB, Cyrus Jones, Alabama CB, Dadi Nicholas, Va. Tech LB, Justin Simmons, Boston College S— Jason Mackey (@Mackey_PGH) April 11, 2016
Steelers visits today (2/2): Sean Davis, Maryland S, Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi DT, Karl Joseph, WVU S, Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina WR— Jason Mackey (@Mackey_PGH) April 11, 2016
If you counted correctly, those are 7 defensive prospects out of 8 who visited Monday. But wait, that means there was an actual offensive prospect in the building Monday. That prospect was none other than wide receiver Pharoh Cooper from South Carolina.
Cooper, a 5-foot 11-inch receiver, was the jack of all trades for South Carolina in 2015. It was evident when Cooper finished third in the SEC in receptions (69), second in receiving yards (1,136) and receiving yards per game (87.4), fourth in receptions per game (5.3) and ninth in all-purpose yards/game (108.5) earning First Team All-SEC honors at receiver from rival coaches and the media alike.
Cooper is projected to be a second round draft choice, but it seems unlikely the Steelers would look to offense with their first two picks of the 2016 NFL Draft. The earliest most are projecting Pittsburgh to move to an offensive selection would be the third round. If Cooper fell to them in the 3rd, he could certainly be a viable option, especially as he has experience as a return man too.
Other notable prospects who spent time in the Steel City Monday were WVU Safety Karl Joseph, Maryland Safety Sean Davis, Alabama CB Cyrus Jones and troubled DT from Ole Miss Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche was projected to be an early first round pick, but an off the field incident prior to the team's Bowl game has teams second guessing themselves with selecting him. The Steelers seem to be doing their diligence with him, like they did for Randy Gregory and Shane Ray in 2015, by bringing him in for a visit.
The Steelers pre-draft visit numbers are now astounding when it comes to the positions and overall numbers.
2016 Pre-Draft Visits:
Defensive Tackle: 3
Offensive Tackle: 2
Defensive End: 2
Wide Receiver: 1