The Pittsburgh Steelers started the new work week off by hosting a pair of defenders for official pre-draft visits. Expecting big-name prospects? Think again. Rather, the team hosted two late-round defensive line prospects on Monday at the team’s headquarters.
Draft visitors 4/16: DL Gregory Gilmore from LSU; DT Bilal Nichols from Delaware— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 16, 2018
Official Pre-Draft Visit List:
LSU Defensive Lineman Gregory (Greg) Gilmore
Deleware Defensive Lineman Bilal Nichols
If you don’t know much about these prospects, you wouldn’t be alone, so let us shed some light on these two potential draft picks for the black-and-gold.
Gilmore (6-4, 308) is a former five-star recruit who was slow to develop for the Tigers, but he did record 7 ½ sacks as a senior last season. NFL.com projects him as a seventh-round pick or undrafted free agent.
As for Nichols, this is what his NFL Draft Profile reads:
Nichols is a defensive tackle with decent athletic ability despite playing as stiff-legged as he does. Despite his 10.5 sacks over the last two seasons, there isn’t much on tape to suggest he will be an effective NFL pass rusher, but he does have some anchor against the run. Nichols showed up plus athletic ability as a tester and has been moving up the draft board for some teams. He needs to play with better bend to improve his leverage, but he has an opportunity to become an backup in the league.
The Steelers, and the rest of the NFL, have to be done with their pre-draft visits by the end of this week. The team has reportedly visited with 18 of their potential 30 pre-draft visits. The team doesn’t have to use all 30, and some may not even count towards their total due to proximity to the team’s headquarters, but they clearly still have some work to do before the 2018 NFL Draft.
Stay tuned, and up-to-date on all pre-draft visits with the BTSC Pre-Draft Visit Tracker.