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Draft visits today for @Steelers: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: Rob Blanchflower, TE, UMass; Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
Hageman and Gaines are both good visits to bring in.
Steelers To Visit With North Alabama S Nick Williams
Steelers To Visit With South Florida G Lawrence Martin
Steelers To Bring In Boise State DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence For Pre Draft Visit
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Lots of teams looking at Demarcus Lawrence
Posted by Josh Alper on April 18, 2014
The ability to get after the quarterback is prized by every team in the league, so it probably shouldn’t come as much surprise that Boise State defensive end/linebacker Demarcus Lawrence is taking a lot of visits ahead of next month’s draft.
Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that Lawrence is expected to meet with the Redskins, Cowboys, Saints, Vikings, Steelers, 49ers and Jets before the draft. In addition, he’s also met with the Falcons and done private workouts with the Saints and Seahawks as teams try to determine where Lawrence will come off the board.
The variety of teams showing interest in Lawrence and the variety of the schemes they run suggest a feeling that Lawrence can fit as an edge rusher in either a 4-3 or 3-4 base defense. Lawrence’s college production backs up that feeling, although teams are likely also interested in finding out whether the off-field issues that led to three one-game suspensions for Lawrence at Boise are under control as he moves into the professional ranks.
Lawrence has been projected as a second-round pick, but could move into the first day if a team decides he’s the answer for their pass rushing needs.
Pittsburgh Steelers Official Visits So Far:
UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr.
LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham.
Massachusetts tight end Rob Blanchflower.
Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford.
Washington State linebacker Deone Bucannon.
Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton.
Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard.
South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington.
Rice cornerback Phillip Gaines.
Minnesota defensive lineman Ra’Shede Hageman.
Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat.
Boise State defensive end/outside linebacker Demarcus Lawrence.
Mississippi wide receiver Dante Moncrief.
Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.
Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.
Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson.
Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby.
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk.
Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier.
Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt.
Minnesota safety Brock Vereen.
TCU cornerback Jason Verrett.
UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt.
Steelers scheduled to meet with small school journeyman LB Glen Stanley from Albany State.
1. C.J. Mosley LB Alabama
2. Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
3. (comp) Philip Gaines CB Rice
4. Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
5. Ross Cockrell CB Duke
5. (comp) Derrick Hopkins DT Virginia Tech
6. Josh Mauro DE Stanford
6. (comp) Shaquil Barrett OLB Colorado State
7. Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska
UCLA LB Anthony Barr visiting Steelers
April, 21, 2014
By Scott Brown | ESPN.com
PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers are meeting with a pair of defensive players Monday, including a potential first-round pick.
UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr and Wisconsin defensive tackle Beau Allen are the Steelers' latest visitors as the team prepares for the upcoming draft.
Barr is considered one of the best pass-rushers in the draft while Allen is a projected late-round pick after moving to nose tackle last season when Wisconsin switched to a 3-4 scheme.
Barr is an intriguing prospect because of his production at UCLA -- the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder recorded 10 sacks last season -- and his upside as a pass-rusher. Barr played fullback for two seasons before moving to defense, and he is still learning on that side of the ball.
ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Barr as the 15th-best player in the draft.
"He has a decent arsenal of moves, using quick feet and hands to free himself, and he's disciplined against the run, pursuing with speed when the play runs away from him," Kiper writes of Barr. "I love the effort, and the athleticism, but as a former fullback, he needs to grow in his awareness."
ESPN analyst Todd McShay isn't as high on the former Bruins star. McShay ranks Barr as the 30th-best player in the draft.
The Steelers are unlikely to draft an outside linebacker in the first round since they took one with their first-round pick last year in Jarvis Jones. But they do need to add depth at the position and are expected to draft an outside linebacker prospect at some point.
Allen could be a late-round possibility for the Steelers if they don't take a nose tackle early in the draft. The 6-foot-2, 333-pounder recorded 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season for the Badgers but did not get invited to the NFL scouting combine.
Allen tested well at Wisconsin’s pro day though he was limited in running drills because of a hamstring issue.
The Steelers are allowed to host 30 players outside of the Pittsburgh area for pre-draft visits. This is the final week of visits for NFL prospects.
Steelers pre-draft visits: Virginia Tech CB Kyler Fuller will visit Pittsburgh this week
By Neal Coolong on Apr 21 2014
The accepted top five cornerbacks in this draft will have met with the Steelers by the end of this week, according to NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt.
#VaTech CB Kyle Fuller has had 15 visits or workouts. Has 4 more this week: #Jets, #Broncos, #Rams, #Steelers.
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) April 21, 2014
The last of the top five cornerbacks to visit the Steelers has been confirmed.
NFL.com draft analyst Gil Brandt confirmed Monday Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller will visit the Steelers this week, joining Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert, Jason Verrett and Bradley Roby as having met with the Steelers at his Pro Day or visited the team in Pittsburgh.
Fuller is perhaps the most underrated of the group. For the big time athleticism of Gilbert and the strong production of Dennard, Fuller may be the best all around corner of the three, the most physical and the best fit for the Steelers' defense.
Like the rest of them, though, the question is whether he's worth the 15th pick. It may not matter, and the Steelers may simply elect to draft their biggest position of need.
Whether it's the 15th pick or not, selecting Fuller is selecting a good football player. The huge amount of interest teams have shown in him is a testament to that.