With the lack of safety depth on the roster, it is no surprise to the Steelers meeting with and talking to safeties in the pre-draft process.
The Steelers had a lengthy FaceTime interview with Eastern Washington safety Dehonta Hayes, a source told SteelersNow.
The call, which lasted over an hour, also involved Hayes’s coaches at Eastern Washington who spoke highly of his character.
Hayes, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound safety hybrid, amassed 115 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 6 passes defended in his senior season. In addition, prior to his Senior season, Hayes was shot after breaking up a fight in downtown Spokane.
He was primarily used in a subpackage role this past year. Hayes saw reps in the slot, strong safety, and as a single-high safety. That made him valuable to the Eagles.
While many believe the Steelers may address safety early, Hayes is a late day three or priority undrafted free agent candidate that will get a shot in Latrobe to prove himself and make the 53-man roster. Should he come to Latrobe, Hayes looks like the exact type of player that will excel on special teams and has a chance to make the roster in September.