The Pittsburgh Steelers were reported to have sent scouts to three games on Saturday, as the team continues to get ready for the 2023 NFL Draft, the first under new general manager Omar Khan
The Steelers saw Ohio State for the second time as the No. 3 Buckeyes hosted Big Ten foes Wisconsin. Another Big Ten and another Ohio team also caught the Steelers’ interest, as the club had a representative at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati as the Bearcats welcomed Indiana in a non-conference showdown. The Steelers were also in their usual seats at Acrisure Stadium to check out the Pitt Panthers, as the local squad showed off its depth against Rhode Island.
Here are some players the scouts may have had their binoculars focused on, as the Buckeyes routed the Badgers. C.J. Stroud threw for five touchdowns, with Emeka Egbuka hauling in two as part of his six catches for 118 yards day while top 2023 wide receiver prospect Jaxon Smith-Njigba missed the game with an injury.
Ohio State: 2023 QB C.J. Stroud, WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, OT Paris Johnson Jr., DE Zach Harrison, OT Dawand Jones, CB Lathan Ransom, CB Cameron Brown, S Ronnie Hickman, RB Miyan Williams, C Luke Wypler, OG Harry Miller, TE Gee Scott Jr., OG Matthew Jones, WR Julian Fleming, LB Cody Simon, K Noah Ruggles, DT Taron Vincent, LB Palaie Gaoteote IV, S Josh Procton, LB Teradja Mitchell, S Tanner McCallister and S Marcus Hooker. 2024 RB TreVeyon Henderson, CG Denzel Burke, WR Marvin Harrison Jr., DL Tyleik Williams, OG Donovan Jackson, DL J.T. Tuimoloau, WR Emeka Egbuka, CB Jakailin Johnson, DL Mike Hall and CB Jordan Hancock.
Wisconsin: 2023 NT Keeanu Benton, C Joe Tippmann, OLB Nick Herbig, OG Jack Nelson, OT Tyler Beach, OG Trey Wedig, OT Logan Browns, QB Graham Mertz and CB Jay Shaw. 2024 RB Braelon Allen and OT Nolan Rucci.
Ben Bryant transferred from Eastern Michigan to Cincinnati to replace Desmond Ridder, and if he keeps having performances like his four-touchdown day against the Hoosiers, his next stop might be the NFL. Top Bearcats receiving prospect Tyler Scott (5-11, 185) hauled in three in his 10 catches for 185 yards.
Indiana: 2023 CB Tiawan Mullen, RB Shaun Shivers and LB Cam Jones.
Cincinnati: 2023 LB Deshawn Pace, TE Josh Whyle, WR Tyler Scott, WR Tre Tucker, TE Leonard Taylor, QB Ben Bryant and S Ja’von Hicks.
Kedon Slovis returned from his concussion, but had a fairly pedestrian statistical day against the Rams. Israel Abanikanda was once again the star of the offense, rushing 19 tikes for 177 yards and four scores, dominating carries with Rodney Hammond still sidelined. DT Calijah Kancey had 1.5 sacks to get him to two on the season.
Pitt: 2023 QB Kedon Slovis, DE Habakkuk Baldonado, DT Calijah Kancey, OT Carter Warren, DE Deslin Alexandre, MLB SirVocea Dennis, WR Jared Wayne, DE John Morgan, RB Israel Abanikanda 2024 TE Gavin Bartholomew, DL Elliott Donald, WR Konata Mumpfield, RB Rodney Hammond