There were more defenders visiting the UPMC Rooney Headquarters Wednesday, and as pointed out by Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, over the past two years (64 pre-draft visits) 75-percent of those visits have been defenders.
Take a look at the visitors today:
Visiting the Steelers on Wed: LB Pita Taumoepenu from Utah; DE Francis Kallon from Georgia Tech; DE Patrick Gamble fromGeorgia Tech— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) April 19, 2017
The latest wave of prospects includes Utah linebacker Pita Taumoepenu, Georgia Tech defensive end Francis Kallon and Georgia Tech defensive end Patrick Gamble.
None of these prospects are considered first day prospects, or even day 2 prospects, but it just goes to show how the Steelers are doing their homework on late round draft selections who could pay dividends down the road.
Think of a player like L.T. Walton, a sixth round draft pick. Once forgotten along the defensive line, Walton proved himself more than capable to be quality depth down the stretch when the team lost Cam Heyward for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on pre-draft visits with our BTSC Prospect Tracker.