All 32 teams were represented on Thursday for Clemson’s Pro Day and among the notable names from the Steelers organization in attendance were GM Kevin Colbert and linebackers coach Joey Porter.
Porter was photographed chatting it up with first round prospect Vic Beasley, a potential top-10 pick.
Unfortunately for the Steelers, Beasley didn’t have a Jarvis Jones type pro day that will have his stock plummeting.
The lightning quick linebacker is regarded by scouts as the most explosive linebacker in the draft. Beasley had 12 sacks in 13 games for Clemson in 2014 and finished his collegiate career with 33 sacks, 52.5 tackles for loss and 29 quarterback pressures.
The one red flag with Beasley who will be moving from a 4-3 end to a 3-4 OLB, is his size, 6-3, 246 lbs. Beasley, though, running a 4.53 forty will quiet those concerns.
He’s moved from a late round prospect to now regarded as a potential top-10 pick.
Most prominent mock drafts have him going from 7-13 in round 1.
For the Steelers he would be a slam dunk selection at No. 22 but Beasley looks like only a trade up candidate for the Steelers at this point.
UTAH’S PRO DAY ON MARCH 26 OF STRONG INTEREST TO STEELERS
There’s one draft prospect at the senior bowl in January Steelers defensive coaches absolutely fell in love with.
That’s Utah cornerback Eric Rowe (6-1, 205), a dark horse name to watch at No. 22.
Former safety, has great size and tremendous in stopping the run, something the Steelers covet in corners.
In addition to size, runs a 4.39 forty, though, evaluators question his deep speed. He really won Carnell Lake over at the senior bowl, sources say, and also met with Mike Tomlin at the combine. Might be a reach at No. 22 but an under the radar name to remember in May.