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Steelers meet with two draft prospects at East/West Shrine Game

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The Steelers met with Missouri TE Kendall Blanton and Oregon LB Justin Hollins on Monday, while GM Kevin Colbert was spotted at practice on Tuesday.

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While the NFL postseason may have one or two games left to play for those that are interested in that sort of thing, the Pittsburgh Steelers are already looking ahead to 2019. Rather than concerning themselves with the fates of the four teams in the Championship Round of the playoffs, it will be events at the East/West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Florida that has most of their attention this week.

With practice having started on Monday, the Steelers not only have scouts on hand to watch the draft prospects go through their paces, but also general manager Kevin Colbert, according to NFL.com reporter Andy Fenelon.

Thanks to a whole host of reposters on site, there is already news of some individual player meetings with Pittsburgh’s representatives in attendance, as per Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter Trevor Sikkema of the Pewter Report.

At 6-foot-6 and 265-pounds, Kendall Blanton projects to be more of a blocking tight end than a receiving option and recorded just 44 receptions for 476-yards in four years at the University of Missouri. Expected to be a day three draft selection at this stage of the process, this player profile from The Draft Network is far from glowing.

Edge rusher Justin Hollins is another sizeable prospect the Steelers appear to be interested in, measuring in at 6-foot-5 and 238-pounds. He finished his senior season with 64 tackles, 14.5 for a loss and 6.5 sacks. However, this scouting profile, again from The Draft Network, will do little to excite you about his potential.