Another day, another pre-draft visit for the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, this latest visit was abnormal for the trend the team had been following the past few weeks. Other than Leighton Vander Esch of Boise State, the Steelers hadn’t hosted any prospects who are considered Day 1 players in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.
While they hosted a big-name wide receiver Friday at the team’s facility, he is considered a Day 2 selection.
The Steelers bring in wide receiver Christian Kirk from Texas A&M for a pre-draft visit Friday. He is considered a top five receiver in his class— Joe Rutter (@tribjoerutter) April 13, 2018
Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk was the player in for a visit, and there is plenty to be excited about when it comes to this potential player. While not projected to be a 1st round pick, he is slotted to be a Day 2 selection — right up the Steelers’ alley for their wide receiver picks.
Don’t know much about Kirk? This is a great overview from his NFL Draft Profile:
Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk’s ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit.
Kirk’s visit is likely just the tip of the iceberg for the Steelers, when it comes to bringing in prospects who are potential first round picks. With Kirk’s visit the team has now hosted 15 of their 30 pre-draft visits, barring any which were not counted due to proximity to Pittsburgh and/or hometown of said prospect.
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