The Pittsburgh Steelers are entertaining their first set of draft prospects today. Today’s group of four prospects is headlined by Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman and Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey.
Wake Forest offensive lineman Chris DeGeare and Purdue defensive lineman Michael Neal are also visiting the Steelers today.
Stuckey (6-0, 205 lbs) is projected to be a 3rd-4th round pick. A four year player at Kansas, Stuckey had 294 tackles and 8 interceptions in his career.
Stuckey recorded 93 tackles and 1 interception in his senior season after an impressive junior season where he had 97 tackles and 5 interceptions for the Jayhawks.
Stuckey did not participate in his pro-day due to a hamstring injury but posted solid numbers at the combine. Stuckey ran a 4.46 forty-yard dash along with 17 reps in the 225 lbs bench press and a 39.5 vertical jump.
Bowman, (6-1, 242 lbs), decided to forego his senior season at Penn State to enter the NFL draft. Bowman is projected to go anywhere from the 2nd-4th round. Talent wise, he is regarded as a 2nd round prospect.
There has been some off-field issues for Bowman which is a concern for evaluators around the league.
In 10 games, Bowman had 93 tackles and 3 sacks for the Nittany Lions in 2009. He did not appear in Penn State’s first three games of the season.
As a sophomore Bowman had 106 tackles and 4 sacks.
Bowman ran a 4.70 forty-yard dash at the combine and had 26 reps in the 225lbs bench press.
The Steelers are looking to add depth at both linebacker positions.