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Steelers Hosting Big-Bodied Wide Receiver on Pre-Draft Visit



Steelers 2023 NFL Draft Cedric Tillman

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting big-bodied wide receiver Cedric Tillman out of Tennessee on Friday for a pre-draft visit, according to multiple reports.

One of the top senior wide receivers in the NFL Draft, Tillman dealt with some injuries that held him back in his last campaign in Tennessee with Hendon Hooker. But when he was on the field, he was dominant and could be stopped across from Jalin Hyatt. The big-bodied receiver racked up 417 yards and 3 touchdowns in the six games he played this season. In 2021, he stunned everyone with a 1000-yard season, posting 1081 yards and 12 touchdowns on 64 catches.

Tillman follows a number of visits that the Steelers have laid out for wide receivers. Yesterday, they hosted West Virginia receiver Bryce Ford-Wheaton on a visit. However, before that, Jonathan Mingo, Charlie Jones, and Jayden Reed were all receivers that have made the trip to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex for a top-30 visit leading up to the NFL Draft. It seems that they want to target a mid-round receiver, as they have yet to meet with any of the top receivers on a top-3o visit. However, part of that could be they just feel comfortable with their evaluations and connections to each player.

The team lost Steven Sims in free agency but posts Calvin Austin, Gunner Olszewski, and Anthony Miller as potential options in the slot. Whoever gsts drafted there will have to be proficient in the slot to some extent and could have versatility to play outside. Either way, Tillman would be a massive body that could fit the prototype of playing both inside and outside.