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Steelers host Clemson LB Dorian O’Daniel for official pre-draft visit

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The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their pre-draft visits with a talented linebacker from Clemson.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to do work when bringing in prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, and their most recent pre-draft visit was a talented, and versatile, linebacker from Clemson.

The lone visitor was Dorian O’Daniel, per Bob Labriola of Steelers.com:

O’Daniel is a player who is considered by some to be as early as a 3rd round pick, while others consider him to be a Day 3 draft pick. Either way, you can get a feel for what O’Daniel brings to the table.

This from his NFL Draft Profile:

STRENGTHS

Madman on special teams. Finished career with 48 special teams tackles and most of them in kick coverage. Has a gift for playing past kick return blocks and maintaining focus on the returner. Technically sound as tackler. Sees what he hits and drives upper body into target while wrapping to finish. Possesses agility for lateral tackles against cutback runs. Hustles to contain against perimeter runs. Offers versatility. Played near the line and matched up on slot targets. Redirects routes with force. Reads and squeezes from zone. Finished 2017 with seven passes defensed including two pick-six interceptions.

WEAKNESSES

Just one season as starter. Has the frame of a big safety, but is an average athlete in space. Is a little sluggish in his directional change and needs a runway to get accelerate to top speed. Pursuit speed is below par. Often blocked by smaller slot players against spread rushing attacks. Needs to prove he can beat blocks near the line of scrimmage on next level. Gives up separation when matched in man coverage. Plays upright and needs to do better job of anticipating routes.

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