MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Pittsburgh Steelers sent three staff members to the West Virginia pro day on Tuesday, showing special interest in Mountaineers running back Leddie Brown.
The Steelers sent assistant wide receivers coach Blaine Stewart, scout Mike Butler and scouting intern Fawwaz Izzuddin to WVU. Stewart was one of the coaches that put Brown through his drills.
Stewart, son of former West Virginia head coach Bill Stewart, makes a logical fit to represent the Steelers in Morgantown.
Brown to Steelers Now at the 2022 NFL Combine that he had previously met in person with Steelers running backs coach Eddie Faulkner.
Brown chose not to run the 40-yard dash at pro day, saying that he wanted his time from the combine and his film to stand on its own. Brown ran 4.64-second 40-yard dash in Indianapolis.
In four years at West Virginia, Brown ran for 2,888 yards, topping the 1,000-yard plateau in each of the last two seasons. He had his best season as a senior in 2021, rushing 223 times for 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 36 passes for 217 yards and one score.
The Steelers are seeking to upgrade their running back depth behind starter Najee Harris. Backup Kalen Ballage was not retained as a free agent, and second- and third-year backups Anthony McFarland Jr. and Benny Snell seem to have fallen out of favor after getting minimal work in 2021.
Brown is generally considered to be a day three pick or an undrafted free agent.