With the college pro day schedule almost at an end for 2019, the Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be moving their attention to the pre-draft hosting stage of the process with the visit of five prospects to team facilities on Monday.
As per Bob Labriola of Steelers.com, Pittsburgh is welcoming UMass wide receiver Andy Isabella, Penn State running back Miles Sanders, Alabama running back Damien Harris, Notre Dame tight end Alize Mack and Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell to the city to start the week off.
Pre-Draft visits today for the #Steelers: RB Miles Sanders, Penn State; RB Damien Harris, Alabama; TE Alize Mack, Notre Dame; WR Andy Isabella UMass; WR Dillon Mitchell Oregon— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 1, 2019
As a graduate of Woodland Hills High School just outside of Pittsburgh, Sanders will not count against the Steelers list of 30 visitors, but the rest of the players will, with Isabella a name who had been rumored to be coming to Pittsburgh since last week.
Scouting reports for all five players can be found below, along with a highlight video for each prospect.
WR, Andy Isabella, UMass
“Andy Isabella is a player who has a much more prominent pathway to NFL success after the rule changes in recent seasons. A diminutive, non-physical player, Isabella wins with quickness and thrives in space. His best role would be as a slot/depth option on a team that looks to space the field and isolate their athletes one on one. Passing systems like the ones in KC and SF come to mind as specific favorable fits.”
RB, Damien Harris, Alabama
“Damien Harris has modest potential as a lead back for gap/power rushing offenses. Harris has smooth feet for his size and is precise with his steps to get vertical through a crease and generate power behind his pads. His lack of long speed may limit his explosive plays but Harris can grind out tough yards and wear down tacklers late into football games. Harris’ ceiling isn’t necessarily high but he can be a volume rusher in stretches and be a starting back”
RB, Miles Sanders, Penn State
“Miles Sanders is definitely a pro prospect who can handle the responsibility of being a featured back at the NFL level. Sanders has springy cuts, an explosive second gear and soft hands to help him perform as a check down receiver. Sanders’ best fit is in an inside zone rushing system, where his confident feet can allow him to explode through gaps as they develop and continue to stress the second level. Needs to get better at pass protection to make an impact early.”
WR, Dillon Mitchell, Oregon
“Dillon Mitchell projects favorably as a complimentary receiver in the NFL. Mitchell has slippery short area skills and does well to slip contact both in space as a route runner and as a ball carrier after the catch. His open field vision allows him to break nice chunk gains and provided there’s an alpha receiver on the roster, lesser attention to Mitchell would allow him to thrive and eat against single coverage. He’ll need to continue to flesh out his route and ball tracking to play consistently.”
TE, Alize Mack, Notre Dame
“Alize Mack, if he’s able to keep himself on the football field, has quite an impressive ceiling. With strong hands, good work at the catch point and enough athleticism to really be able to separate vs. LBs, Mack has the upside of a starting TE at the pro level. Whether or not he’s able to do so will come down to continued maturity off the field and working to be a bit more balanced and composed as a blocker: he isn’t an ideal flex option but can be quite good from in-line.”