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5 NFL prospects who got the Steelers attention at the Scouting Combine

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Who are some athletes who improved their draft stock, and might be on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Round 1 radar?

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We have no doubt learned a lot of new information regarding the NFL Draft, and prospects the Pittsburgh Steelers have shown interest in. They met with all kinds of positions from QB, RB, WR, TE, EDGE, CB, and safety.

Essentially they’ve confirmed what we already suspected.

However, exactly which prospects have they met with that they could possibly draft who really increased their stock?

Here are 5 prospects who really improved their stock in Indianapolis:

Derek Rivers, EDGE, Youngstown State

Rivers had a phenomenal combine, and he has really begun to put himself into first round conversation. Sounds crazy for a small school prospect, but Rivers we knew dominated the FCS, which is attributed to his tremendous technique, hand usage and athletic ability, the latter of which was all but confirmed at the Combine. The Steelers have already met with him twice, and given that the Steelers have a history when it comes to prospect meetings and who they draft, Rivers very much looks like their guy.

TJ Watt, EDGE, Wisconsin

His oldest brother has no doubt created big expectation for the younger Watt but he embraces that challenge. The Steelers have already met with him at the combine, which shows they are very much interested. His combine performance was quite outstanding as he showed the type of athletic ability that his older brother was known for. What really makes Watt intriguing to the Steelers is, like Rivers, Watt has shown to be a quick learner when it comes to his pass rush technique. His hand usage for only having played the position for 1 full season, looks better than prospects that have been playing the position longer. Watt also had experience dropping into coverage at Wisconsin, and the Steelers are always looking for capable LBs to drop into coverage. Watt no doubt is going to bring a great work ethic which is carried in his name but his athletic ability is what really makes his ceiling much higher than what was initially expected and with the Steelers interested, they could be the ones to get the benefit of having him reach his ceiling.

Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn

Sooner or later we'll find out whether or not Lawson got a good medical check at the combine. As for now, he did nothing but improve his stock as he really showcased his explosion. The Steelers have also met with him, and Lawson has experience playing while standing up and dropping into coverage on a occasion. Lawson, like both Watt and Rivers is also very polished with his pass rush, arguably the most polished pass rusher in this class due to his violent hands and outstanding technique. The Steelers know they aren’t very far away from being able to reach the Superbowl and getting a pass rusher like Lawson who is explosive and polished could take them over the top

Evan Engram, TE, Ole Miss

The Steelers know that Ladarius Green's history of concussions is troubling, and Jesse James is no seam stretcher. The Steelers have shown interest in some athletic pass catchers, and Evan Engram without a doubt did the most to improve his stock by running a stellar 40 time, while also looking smooth catching passes. Engram could definitely be the seam stretcher the Steelers signed Green to be, and that kind of luxury could make this offense even better than what it was initially.

Shaquill Griffin, CB, UCF

At first, I had no clue who this was, and his combine has me wanting to go back to watch his film. He killed just about every drill at the combine while also having a stellar 40 time. The Steelers have also shown interest in him and considering the trend they've been having when it comes to defensive backs, they really want those super athletic CBs. I have not dug into his film yet, but considering his performance at the combine, I'll be intrigued to see just how good he really is and how high his ceiling could be.