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Steelers dine with Leighton Vander Esch before the Boise State Pro Day

The Pittsburgh Steelers spent some extra time with Leighton Vander Esch prior to his Pro Day.

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It is no secret by now the possible connection between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State. The Steelers have a serious need at inside linebacker, and Vander Esch could be a player available when Pittsburgh is slotted to draft 28th overall in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

According to Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst, the Steelers dined with the linebacker prior to his pro day.

A large crowd is expected to be on hand for Leighton Vander Esch. The linebacker met with the Pittsburgh Steelers last night and will be drafted somewhere in the middle of Round 1.

This shouldn’t be shocking news for the Steelers fan base, but it makes you wonder if the Steelers liked what they saw enough to spend a first round pick on Vander Esche, if he is available when they make their selection.

Vander Esch is a compelling figure, and many have strong opinions as to why they love, or hate, him as a potential prospect for the black-and-gold. Nonetheless, check out the video from the Boise State Pro Day:

(Note: Steelers inside linebacker Jerry Olsavsky was present for the workout, and put several linebackers through workouts.)