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Steelers start prospect meetings with pair of defenders at East/West game

The Pittsburgh Steelers have begun their offseason prospect interviews, and they started at the East/West game with a pair of defenders.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers scouting department has been busy, even with the team advancing to the AFC Championship this year, the scouts are actively out and about checking out the college talent, trying to calculate who would be the best fit for the black and gold in the 2017 NFL Draft.

While news of interviews and meetings with prospects start to become public, we will have to lowdown on the players and what it might mean for the team this offseason.

The first reported meetings for the Steelers came at the East/West game a few weeks ago, and they met with a pair of defenders. Outside linebacker Austin Calitro from Villanova, and safety Damarius Travis from Minnesota.

Below is a highlight video of Calitro:

Both of these players are far from the first round prospects the team will be meeting with in the coming weeks and months, but what would be a wise suggestion is to not just look at the players who the team is visiting with, but also the position.

There is a clear need for an outside linebacker in the 2017 NFL Draft, and it is likely you will see the Steelers’ scouting department meet with more EDGE/OLB prospects than any other position.

The thought of the team drafting a safety high in the draft seems unlikely at best. After taking Sean Davis in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, the team is set up at the position with Davis and Mike Mitchell, but depth could be an area of need considering Shamarko Thomas’ likely departure and a lack of quality depth anywhere else on the roster at the position.

It should be noted the team meets with a lot of players throughout the All-Star games, combines and pro day workouts, and not all are reported. However, we will do our best to keep you up-to-date and informed with all the latest news surrounding the black and gold, and who they are possibly targeting this offseason.