The Pittsburgh Steelers began their second week of pre-draft visits by hosting two players widely expected to go in the first-round of the draft on Monday, a duo who are arguably the highest rated cornerback available this year.
TCU linebacker Ben Banogu was also part of the group visiting the Steel City, joining Byron Murphy from Washington and Deandre Baker from Georgia on a trip to the Steelers’ facilities.
Pre-draft visitors for the #Steelers on April 8: CB DeAndre Baker from Georgia, OLB Ben Banogu from TCU; CB Byron Murphy from Washington— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 8, 2019
The Steelers have now officially used 20 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.
Scouting reports for each player can be found below, along with a highlight video for all three prospects.
CB, Deandre Baker, Georgia
“Deandre Baker projects favorably as a press man corner in the NFL. If allowed to play within the contact window and disrupt route releases, Baker can be an impact starter from the get go. With some concerns centered around his long speed, Baker is a more favorable fit in a Cover 2 heavy defensive system, where he can be afforded deep help to ensure he’s not compromised vertically in the event he misses his jam at the LOS. Baker can make an immediate impact in the NFL.”
CB, Byron Murphy, Washington
“Murphy’s fluidity, quickness, speed, ability to mirror routes, press technique, zone awareness and ball skills make him a scheme-transcendent talent. He features lockdown coverage skills with the ability to make game-changing plays on the football. He may have only started 20 games in college but his football IQ and athletic ability is good enough to contribute right away. Murphy has the potential to be among the top cornerbacks in the NFL by year three.”
LB, Ben Banogu, TCU
“Ben Banogu is one of the most high-upside defenders of this year’s NFL Draft. Banogu has dynamic explosion and he’s got effective change of direction skills as well. Played in a very gap-disciplined defense at TCU, Banogu wasn’t necessarily allowed to roam free as an aggressive pass rusher, which has stunted some of his growth. In a new, more aggressive environment, Banogu could develop in time to be a high impact pass rusher.”