As the Pittsburgh Steelers get closer to using up their full allocation of 30 pre-draft visits, the number of guests arriving at team facilities each day is starting to dwindle. Thursday saw just one draft prospect welcomed to Pittsburgh to meet with the coaching staff, with all the attention focused on Florida Atlantic running back Kerrith Whyte Jr.
Today's visitor: RB Kerrith Whyte Jr from Florida Atlantic— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 11, 2019
Projected to be a late round draft pick or possibly a priority free agent signing, the FAU product also has experience as a kick returner, returning 81 kicks for 2,115 yards and two touchdowns in three seasons, for an average of 26.1 yards a return. He carried the ball 134 times for 1,358 yards, scoring 11 touchdowns and also recorded 22 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns.
After running a 4.37 40-yard dash at his pro day and impressing with a 42 inch vertical, it is perhaps not surprising to learn that he has teams like Pittsburgh wanting to know a bit more about him.
The Steelers have now officially used 25 of their 30 allocated visits, with Dravon Askew-Henry, David Long and Miles Sanders all considered local visitors who do not count against their allowance. A scouting report for Whyte can be found below, along with a highlight video.
RB, Kerrith Whyte, Florida Atlantic
“Whyte put together impressive production in 2018 despite getting half the carries of celebrated starter, Devin Singletary. He is more of a slasher than a pure runner and is much more comfortable with clear points of entry or with plays flowing wide. He can stick and go with excellent burst and is physical by nature. He has complementary back size and lacks consistent third down skill, but his speed could make him a developmental backup and starting kick returner.”
As per a report from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, it would appear that the Steelers have also met with West Virginia wide receiver Gary Jennings recently, holding a private workout with him away from team facilities.
Jennings recorded 2,294 yards from 168 receptions in four seasons with the Mountaineers and scored 17 touchdowns. Most draft experts seems to have him projected as a mid-round Day 3 selection.
West Virginia WR Gary Jennings (4.42 at combine) worked out for Dolphins, Saints, Titans, Steelers, Chargers, Patriots and Bills; visited Dolphins, TItans— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 11, 2019
WR, Gary Jennings, West Virginia
“Possession receiver with impressive combination of size, speed and contested catch toughness. Jennings was one of the fastest players at the Senior Bowl, according to Zebra Technology tracking, and his 4.42 combine time and huge numbers in explosive testing are sure to push him up draft boards. He needs to play faster and sharpen his routes to become more than a traits-based backup.”