The NCAA pro day tour has come to a close, and with only a handful of lesser known schools hosting scouts/coaches, official pre-draft visits are now underway. For the reports surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers, the focus has been on the quarterbacks. Thursday the Steelers got things kicked off by hosting Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder.
The team isn’t done hosting quarterbacks, in fact they hosted North Carolina signal caller Sam Howell Friday. According to NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala, there are plenty more left on the docket.
#Steelers QB draft visit train starts Thurs w/ Desmond Ridder. Sam Howell follows Fri, Carson Strong and Matt Corrall in next week and Malik Willis is slated to come to town the week after, per source w/in org. (Kenny Pickett, considered local, already met w/ OC Matt Canada.)— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) April 4, 2022
Here is the list of quarterbacks who are still to visit the Steelers:
Next week: Nevada Carson Strong / Ole Miss Matt Corral
Ole Miss QB Matt Corral is scheduled to visit next week with the Panthers, Eagles, Steelers, Saints and Falcons, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 8, 2022
The week after: Liberty Malik Willis
While the fan base will focus on the quarterbacks, they aren’t the only players who are coming in for pre-draft visits. Here are some other names who either have visited the Steelers, or are scheduled to visit the team over the coming weeks leading up to the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted Clemson LB Jamie Skalski on a Top 30 Visit yesterday, per source.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 7, 2022
A 2x team captain, Skalski had a decorated career at Clemson. He finished with 310 career tackles, 20 TFL, and 10 sacks. He also broke up 12 passes.
#Virginia S Joey Blount is a busy man & popular target. Blount recently completed a Top 30 w/ the #Steelers, per source. He'll soon visit the #Chargers & #Bengals, and will work out for #Falcons.— Justin M (@JustinM_NFL) April 6, 2022
Reminder on Blount's testing:
4.38 in the 40
38 inch Vertical
127 inch Broad Jump
Busy week for Krull racking up the airline miles, he’s back in PA on a top 30 visit with the Steelers now https://t.co/mdDFbwjXbn— Joseph Potts (@TopSpeedLLC) April 7, 2022
Mississippi linebacker Mark Robinson (4.68, 34 reps, 33.5 vertical, 92 tackles, three sacks last season) to visit the Pittsburgh Steelers next week and has had a private workout for the Cleveland Browns, per a league source @PFN365 @OleMissFB— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 7, 2022
Each team is allotted 30 pre-draft visits, but some of them don’t count as official visits. Those would be visits which are deemed “local”.
“Local” visits don’t count towards the team’s 30 visits, and players who attend college or reside in a team’s “metropolitan area” can be given a physical examination without counting against the 30-player limit, unless the club provides transportation for the visit.
What is a “Metropolitan area”? “Metropolitan area” is defined as contiguous suburbs. There isn’t a 25-mile, 50-mile, or any other type of mileage radius rule. The league office uses the Rand-McNally Road Atlas to determine the metropolitan area of a city.
So, as an example, the Steelers have met with Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, but he doesn’t count as a pre-draft visit considering the University of Pittsburgh and the Steelers share a facility.
These won’t be the only names who come into the facility on those days, so be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of free agency and the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.