After two days of hosting predominately offensive players at team facilities, the Pittsburgh Steelers welcomed four defensive prospects to the Steel City on Wednesday. A group that included two names who had already been rumored to be coming to Pittsburgh for a pre-draft visit this year in safeties Darnell Savage Jr. and Ugo Amadi.
They were joined by linebackers Ben Burr-Kirven from Washington and Jordan Brailford of Oklahoma State, two players connected to the Steelers for the first time this offseason.
Pre-draft visitors for the #Steelers today: S Ugo Amadi from Oregon; LB Jordan Brailford from Oklahoma State; LB Ben Burr-Kirven from Washington; S Darnell Savage from Maryland— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 3, 2019
Pittsburgh has so far used up 12 of their allowed 30 pre-draft visits, with both Penn State running back Miles Sanders and West Virginia linebacker David Long counted as local prospects.
Scouting reports for all five players can be found below, along with a highlight video for each prospect.
S, Darnell Savage Jr., Maryland
“Savage will offer an interesting litmus test for how teams value instincts, IQ and coverage quickness against size. He sports a compact frame with a muscular build, but lacks desired height for downfield challenges and size for volume tackling. However, his sticky cover skills and ability to close on throws from all areas of the field are valuable commodities that should not be undervalued. Savage could be targeted as a hybrid defender offering two-high zone or slot cover talent.”
S, Ugo Amadi, Oregon
“Amadi lacks a clean fit from a positional standpoint, but he’s a productive player with good toughness who improved each season. He lacks recovery burst and the height to handle downfield jump-balls and he lacks coverage twitch against slots, but he’s strong and physical in press and is a willing run supporter which gives him a shot as a sub-package down safety with punt return talent.”
LB, Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
“Small, hyper-instinctive linebacker who plays with “clear eyes, full heart” and consistently punches above his weight class for production totals that contradict his size. Unfortunately, size does matter -- especially in the middle of a defense -- and he might be too maxed out to add necessary mass. However, instincts and willful demeanor are traits required for outliers and Burr-Kirven has a chance to be just that kind of outlier as a backup linebacker and special teams demon.”
LB, Jordan Brailford, Oklahoma State
“High-effort edge talent who became a disruptive presence this season thanks to scheme, motor and burst. Brailford’s measurables fall a little short of NFL edge standards and his movement is more linear than lateral which creates limitations in space. He operates with decent play strength and hand violence, and he offers enough upfield rush for teams to work with. He’s a likely middle round backup with special teams value, whose ceiling could be pushed higher by additional coaching.”