The 2017 NFL Draft is right around the corner, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are nearing the end of their 30 allotted pre-draft visits for prospects.
The team has certainly focused on the defensive side of the football when bringing in candidates, and rightfully so, but they also have brought in their share of offensive players as well, including quarterbacks.
There were some new faces in the team’s headquarters Thursday, and there were several names who could be called by Roger Goodell in the first round of the draft when the Steelers select 30th overall.
At #Steelers today:— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) April 13, 2017
CB Marlon Humphrey, S Obi Melifonwu, WR Mackenzie Hollins, WR Shelton Gibson and CB Ryan Lewis of Pitt (free visit)
Alabama CB Marlon Humprey, UConn safety Obi Melifonwu, North Carolina WR Mack Hollins, WVU WR Shelton Gibson and Pitt CB Ryan Lewis.
As stated in the aforementioned tweet, the visit by Lewis will not count towards the Steelers’ 30 pre-draft visits due to him attending school within the area of the NFL team he is visiting. This is the fourth exemption the Steelers have had so far this offseason.
Humphrey and Melifonwu are the big names of this group of five players, both players could be a target for the Steelers, even in the first round. Melifonwu is listed as a safety, his natural position, but, like Sean Davis last year, he has the versatility to play both the safety and cornerback position. His size and speed would be ideal for covering the bigger and athletic tight ends NFL teams love to deploy in today’s game.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on the Steelers’ pre-draft visits, but if you want to get caught up from a few missed days, we have all the latest news and links in our BTSC Prospect Tracker.