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Steelers wine and dine pair of Winsonsin prospects after Pro Day

The Pittsburgh Steelers front office brass was in attendance at the Winsonsin Pro Day, but took a pair of players out to dinner after the workout.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are out in full force on the recruiting trail, and their latest stop was at the University of Wisconsin workout. However, when Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin attend a workout, fans should take notice.

When the front office brass attend, and aren’t just sending scouts, they are interested in specific players, and those players would be T.J. Watt, brother of Texans superstar J.J. Watt, and Vincent Biegel.

The pair of Badgers had tremendous workouts, per reports, and you can see Watt’s shuttle run drill below:

The process didn’t end there for the Steelers. After the workout Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert took Watt and Biegel out to dinner to get to know the prospects a little closer.

According to, the tandem did more than impress scouts on hand. See what they said about the workout:

I’m told the vast majority of the crowd today -- estimated to be 65 NFL scouts, coaches and general managers -- was primarily on hand to watch the Badgers' two star linebackers T.J. Watt and Vincent Biegel. Once the pair of linebackers finished their workouts, the crowd thinned considerably.

Both players had dinner with Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin last night and were put through linebacker drills today by Joey Porter, the team's linebacker coach.

Both Watt and Beigel looked terrific in drills. I’m told each displayed a smooth, fluid backpedal and easy hip turn and looked natural moving in reverse when simulating pass coverage. Both also caught the ball well, something that was expected from Watt, a former tight end.

Beigel did retime the short shuttle and clocked in the 4.07s to 4.10s range, an improvement form his combine mark of 4.3s.

Those in the know tell me the Steelers like both linebackers but probably wouldn’t part with a first-round pick for Watt and wouldn’t expect him to be available in the second frame.

That makes Biegel in Round 3 the most likely scenario, and based on our rankings it’s a pick well-justified.

The Steelers are doing their homework, but it will be interesting to see how these prospects rank on the team’s big board when the chips start to fall during the 2017 NFL Draft.

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