The Pittsburgh Steelers are just getting into their pre-draft visits with potential prospects for the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, but when looking at the numbers, their draft needs are very apparent.
Most would agree the majority of the team's needs are on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary. When a team ranks 30th in the NFL in pass defense, something has to change. Some teams look to free agency, others turn to the draft. Although the Steelers did put a waiver claim in for recently released CB Ifo Ekpre-Olumu, the team seems singularly focused on cornerbacks and safeties in the 2016 NFL Draft.
The team's most recent visitors to their team headquarters would hold a trio of defensive backs and an offensive lineman.
Draft visitors (4/6): OT Caleb Benenoch, S Keanu Neal, S Darian Thompson, CB Tavon Young— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 6, 2016
Outside of Caleb Benenock, Neal, Thompson and Young are all players the team has shown interest in at their Pro Days, and/or at the NFL Scouting Combine. As stated before, nothing really shows interest in a prospect than when they travel to the team's facility for an official visit.
To date, including Wednesday's visit, the Steelers have hosted the following positions:
Offensive Line: 2
Defensive Line: 1
Each team is permitted 30 official pre-draft visits, and, as you can see, the Steelers are just getting started.
For a complete list, and links, to all the Steelers pre-draft visits and meetings, check out the BTSC Draft Prospect Tracker.