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    Three more prospects visit Steelers
    Friday, April 09, 2010
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Three college players are visiting the Steelers today, including two more wide receivers.

    Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders of Southern Methodist and Rejust Benn of Illinois joined safety Earl Thomas of Texas at the UPMC training facility.

    The Steelers can visit with two more players -- a total of 30 permitted each team -- by the deadline Wednesday.



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    Steelers go public with 28 rookie visits

    Posted by Mike Florio on April 9, 2010


    We've mentioned from time to time the process of conducting visits with draft-eligible rookies. Each team may host up to 30, along with an unlimited number of local products in one Vince Papale-style mass look-see.

    Some teams are secretive about the process. Some act like they're being secretive but then deliberately leak the information. Agents routinely leak the information in the hopes of building buzz for their clients -- except when sworn to secrecy by the teams that have hosted the players.

    For unknown reasons, the Steelers have seen fit to make their recent roster of player visits known to the world.

    On Friday, the Steelers hosted Illinois receiver Rejus (a/k/a Arrelious) Benn, SMU receiver Emmanuel Sanders, and Texas safety Earl Thomas.

    On Thursday, Idaho guard Mike Iupati, Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, South Carolina defensive lineman Clifton Geathers, East Carolina defensive lineman Linval Joseph, South Florida receiver Carlton Mitchell, and Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski paid a visit to the 'Burgh.

    On Wednesday, Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant, Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate, Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, Utah linebacker Kosa Misi, and William & Mary linebacker Adrian Tracy showed up for a sit-down, and perhaps a sandwich.

    On Tuesday, Iowa tackle Bryan Bulaga visited the team.

    The Steelers have identified all 28 of the players who have visited the team, including six offensive linemen, six wide receivers, five linebackers, three cornerbacks, three defensive lineman, three safeties, one running back, and one tight end.

    Maybe the goal is to help keep No. 29 and No. 30 tightly under wraps.

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    Perhaps telling the number of WR's they are bringing in. That's a high number. With Ward having a couple years left and Holmes possibly on the outs, who knows.

    Really surprised at the low number of DL's. I hope they aren't forgetting that the DL is OLD and that they don't want to run into another James Farrior situation (although the big Snack deal seems that way)
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    Perhaps telling the number of WR's they are bringing in. That's a high number. With Ward having a couple years left and Holmes possibly on the outs, who knows.

    Really surprised at the low number of DL's. I hope they aren't forgetting that the DL is OLD and that they don't want to run into another James Farrior situation (although the big Snack deal seems that way)


    this article suggests the Steelers may very well consider DE a low priority, although a NT may be drafted -



    Eason Signing Fills Another Steelers' Roster Need


    If the Steelers sign a couple of more players, they can take the third day of this year's draft off.

    The Steelers re-signed defensive end Nick Eason on Thursday, bringing back a veteran who is coming off of one of his most productive seasons. It's the kind of move that's hard not to like--Eason is a solid backup who will likely be the team's No. 4 defensive end and his price (although not yet disclosed) is sure to pretty cheap by NFL standards.

    But it also means that Pittsburgh has checked another position off its list of potential draftees. Unless Pittsburgh wants to go with the misguided approach of drafting for the practice squad, the Steelers have no reason to draft a defensive end--Aaron Smith and Brett Kiesel are the starters, 2009 first-rounder Ziggy Hood is the primary backup, Eason is the No. 4 DE while Sunny Harris, a relatively promising rookie last year, will be hoping the team decides to keep five defensive ends.

    There are a lot of other positions where the Steelers are in a similar situation. At tight end, Pittsburgh has four veterans coming back to battle for three spots. At wide receiver, Pittsburgh has a set top three (Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace), two veterans (Arnaz Battle and Antwaan Randle El), a troubled if still talented third-year pro (Limas Sweed) and the best kick returner Pittsburgh has had in two decades (Stefan Logan). For all those players, Pittsburgh is likely to keep only five receivers and six at most.

    At inside linebacker Pittsburgh has three starters on the roster (Larry Foote, James Farrior and Lawrence Timmons) plus a solid backup who is also one of the team's best special team's player (Keyaron Fox). Since the team usually keeps four inside linebackers, it seems unlikely that they will be drafting an inside linebacker.

    Pittsburgh also has three solid quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger, Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon) on the roster and is set at kicker (Jeff Reed), punter (Daniel Sepulveda) and long snapper (Greg Warren).

    So where can Pittsburgh draft players with a legitimate chance to make the team?

    They could draft one safety (to possibly replace No. 4 safety Ryan Mundy). They have room to draft at least one tailback (to replace Willie Parker), but probably not two (since Rashard Mendenhall, Mewelde Moore, Isaac Redman and Tank Summers are on the current roster). They could take one offensive linemen and possibly two. If Pittsburgh drafts a nose tackle, he could battle Sunny Harris for the final defensive line roster spot. If Pittsburgh wanted to completely overhaul its backup outside linebackers it could draft a pair of edge rushers and there's a spot for one cornerback, although with Ike Taylor, William Gay, Joe Burnett and Keenan Lewis back (and the chance that Deshea Townsend could return if Pittsburgh wants him) it's hard to see how two drafted corners could make the team.

    Even if the Steelers do all that, we're talking about nine picks and several of those (the second outside linebacker pick, the nose tackle, the second offensive lineman and a second running back) would be 50-50 shots to make the team. Pittsburgh currently has 10 picks in the 2010 draft with three of them (two fifth-round and one seventh-round compensatory pick) that they aren't allowed to trade. So if you're wondering whether the Steelers will be making some deals, one can only hope that they'll package some picks to trade up this year or swap a couple of this year's picks for better picks innext year's draft.

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    Not out of the question to see the Steelers trade up and take Haden to start at CB year one......for one more run at the SB with this current older core of players......

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