The Pittsburgh Steelers have begun the next step in the draft process, as Monday marked the first group of players to officially visit the team’s facility, per Joe Rutter of the TribLive.com.
Five players have met with the team thus far, all five of them playing on the offensive side of the football.
Running backs Miles Sanders (Penn State) and Damien Harris (Alabama) were the two ball-carriers at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, which comes to no surprise as the Steelers attended both of their respective Pro Days. Pittsburgh continues to show interest in adding a third running back to their young stable that features James Conner and Jaylen Samuels.
The team can have up to 30 players in for pre-draft visits, but Sanders will not count against the books since he played high school football at Woodland Hills High School. Sanders, who replaced one of the best running backs in recent college football history in Saquon Barkley, is expected to be one of the first ball-carriers off the board when the draft starts.
Receivers Andy Isabella (UMass) and Dillon Mitchell (Oregon) were the first pass-catchers to visit with the Steelers. Despite the signing of Donte Moncrief in the off-season, the Steelers will still look to solidify their receiving corps through the draft. Isabella will likely be featured in the slot at the pro level, while Mitchell is more likely to be featured as an outside receiver.
The sole tight end and final of five visitors on Monday was Notre Dame’s Alize Mack, a player that was featured in our first mock draft two months ago. The departure of Jesse James to Detroit leaves a considerable gap in the team’s tight end depth behind Vance McDonald, and with no tight ends being signed in the free agency period, the Steelers will ultimately look to the NFL Draft to find a replacement.
With less than a month away from draft day, the Steelers will continue to bring in prospects and attempt to find the right fit.