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Steelers Meet Extensively with WR Xavier Worthy at Texas Pro Day

The Pittsburgh Steelers met extensively with Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy after Texas pro day on Wednesday.



Steelers WR Xavier Worthy

The Pittsburgh Steelers need at a wide receiver, or at least one wide receiver, to add to their room after trading away Diontae Johnson. They have already shown lots of interest in the NFL Draft to acquire that potential receiver, and wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni headed to Austin on Wednesday to see AD Mitchell, Xavier Worthy, and Jordan Whittington.

But it was Worthy who the Steelers spent extensive time with after the pro day, according to Tony Pauline.

“After practice on Wednesday, he met extensively with the Steelers and Colts,” Pauline wrote.

Worthy stunned onlookers at Lucas Oil Stadium at the NFL Combine by running a 4.21 official 40-yard dash time, the fastest anyone in NFL history has ran at the event. It breaks the record set by John Ross, who ran a 4.22 40-yard dash. Worthy weighed in at just 165 pounds, but he has speed and explosiveness, the hallmarks of his game as a receiver.

Worthy’s strengths are exemplified by his deep threat abilities, and alongside Adonai Mitchell, he became one of the most feared deep threats in the country. Unsurprisingly, he was a contender to set the record, as Worthy was a track star in high school and has legitimate world-class speed. He just proved that very correct through his testing numbers.

And Worthy is an interesting target for the Steelers considering he is not a perfect plug-and-play receiver that is prototypical into the Arthur Smith offense. But Worthy, Mitchell, and Whittington all will be drafted, and take on different strengths with their new teams.

Mitchell is an incredibly deceptive route runner who can create space for himself with regularity. There’s plenty of nuance to his game, as he’ll use head fakes, jab steps and rocker steps to sell defenders lies. His feet are light on contact and he can vary his pace to lull defenders to sleep before exploding out his breaks. Mitchell can be best described as a loose athlete, with surprising explosiveness and long strides once he is able to fully open his hips. He might be the most obvious fit for the Steelers, but it’s clear they have interest in Worthy.