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Report: Steelers met with North Carolina WR Ryan Switzer at Senior Bowl

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue their meetings with prospects, and they met with a prolific wide receiver at the Senior Bowl.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers could be looking at wide receiver in the upcoming offseason, and through the NFL Draft certainly could be an avenue for them to add talent to the receiver position.

There are a lot of prospects for the team to target, and one of them was North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer. The team reportedly met with Switzer in Mobile, Alabama at the Senior Bowl, per Jon Ledyard, contributor to and, who attended the event.

Although the smaller ACC wide receiver doesn’t get much credit from most scouts, he is being compared to Julian Edelman in both size, speed, strength and hands. He is also capable of being both a return man and slot wide receiver.

Check out what CBS Sports thinks are his strengths and weaknesses as the evaluation process continues.

STRENGTHS: Possesses a compact, athletic frame with naturally low center of gravity due to a disproportionately long torso and short legs. Wins with elite footwork, including instant stop-start ability, a wicked jump cut to elude defenders in tight spaces as well as the burst to break into the open field. Accelerates fluidly and offers good (albeit not great) speed overall. Presents a difficult matchup for cornerbacks, creating separation as a route-runner because of his shiftiness and willingness to go across the middle. Shows no fear as a receiver or returner, rarely opting to signal for the fair catch despite incoming defenders. Willing to run into the teeth of the defense when he spots a seam. Generally catches the ball cleanly, showing soft hands to pull in passes outside of his frame. Locates the ball quickly and fights for it, competing even in jump ball situations in which he would appear overmatched. Shows enough arm strength and accuracy to offer trick play considerations. Respected by his teammates and the UNC coaching staff for his toughness, missing just two of 52 college games and accepting an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

WEAKNESSES: Comes with obvious size limitations. Lacks the height and arm length scouts would prefer at wide receiver. Quicker than fast, getting caught from behind a few times on tape. Has to do a better job of securing the ball, failing to wrap both arms around it, at times, when running through traffic. Could be limited in the types of routes and offense in which he will be effective against NFL-caliber athletes, struggling to generate separation when he is asked to run in a straight line for long.


For a complete, and updated, list of Steelers pre-draft visits, check out the BTSC Prospect Tracker.