STEELERS DRAFT VISIT TRACKER
Here is an updated look at the Steelers Draft Visit Tracker that includes scouting reports for all draft prospects who have visited the Steelers that count against the 30-maximum prospects the Steelers can host. The scouting reports are in order of the projected round the draft prospects are expected to be drafted in.
Draft Visits: OT Mike Adams, WR Ty Hilton, DT Derek Wolfe, OG Brandon Brooks, CB Keith Tandy, LB Jerrell Harris, RB Isaiah Pead, RT Bobby Massie
Latest Scouting Reports: Bobby Massie (April 4th visit), Brandon Brooks (March 30th visit), Isaiah Pead (Apri 3 visit), Jerrell Harris (April (3rd visit), Keith Tandy (April 3rd Visit)
***Updated April 4th***
OT Mike Adams - Ohio State
Height: 6-7 | Weight: 323 lbs
Draft Buzz: Projected late 1st round/Early Second Round
Visit: Week of March 19 - 26
Scouting Report: Adams is a big massive tackle who the Steelers might give a look at if he's around at No. 24. Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is always drawn to Ohio State players and during Adams proday Tomlin, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and offensive line coach Sean Kugler all attended. The negatives with Adams is that he doesn't have great technique, lacks a nasty edge to his game and isn't a physically powering player but he protects the passer very well and has room to grow. Rarely lets players beat him inside and has the length and with improved technique to be an impact right tackle at the next level. At this point, some scouts aren't sold on him being a left tackle in the NFL. ESPN's Mel Kiper has Adams rated as the 5th best tackle in the draft and in his latest mock draft has Adams going No. 19 to Chicago.
The Red flags: One big reason the Steelers are doing a lot of home work on Adams: He's had issues on and off the field at Ohio State. From an injury standpoint, in 2008 he underwent shoulder surgery and then had a season ending left foot injury. Adams also missed five games in 2009 as a junior due to a knee injury he first suffered against Penn State. The good news is that he was healthy in 2010 starting all 13 games and starting all 7 games in 2011.
The red flag with Adams is the off-field issues. He was suspended for two games in 2009 for violating team rules, and was cited in January of 2009 for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after being stopped by police for running a stop sign. Charges were eventually dropped as the cop ruled Adams was smoking a pipe with tobacco, according to the Columbus-Dispatch. In 2011, Adams was one of five players suspended for first five games of 2011 season for receiving benefits from a tattoo parlor owner.
RT Bobby Massie - Mississippi
Height: 6-6 | Weight: 320 lbs
Draft Buzz: Projected 2nd-3rd round pick
Draft Visit: April 4th
Scouting Report: An underrated tackle who could go very early in the second round (or slide into late first round) and is regarded by some evaluators as the No. 4 tackle behind USC's Matt Kalil, Stanford's Jonathan Martin and Iowa's Riley Reiff. Massie has great upper body strength and is extremely athletic, which has some scouts believing he could move inside to guard, like the Steelers felt with Marcus Gilbert when the team drafted him last year in the second round.
Massie is quick, light on his feet for such a big player and due to his strength and athletic ability, has a good combination of quickness and strength. Massie has long arms and plays with a nasty edge which interests the Steelers. Massie is quick off the snap in run blocking situations and finishes his blocks. The biggest knock on Massie is his pass blocking technique, something that should improve at the NFL level.
G Brandon Brooks - Miami Ohio
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 346 lbs
Draft Buzz: 2nd - 3rd round
Draft Visit: March 30th
Scouting Report: A four year starter with 42 career starts, Brooks is a massive guard who was not invited to the combine but has a second to third round grade from many scouting services and should be off the board before the 4th round.
Regarded as having powerful strength and above average athletic ability, Brooks has a mean streak in the running game with a mauler type ability.
Top Concerns among scouts include: Has a thick build and weight concerns and plays "too high" sometimes.
RB Isaiah Pead - Cincinnati
Height: 5-10 | Weight: 200 lbs
2011 Stats: 237 ATT - 1,259 yards - 12 TD - 5.3 Avg
Draft Buzz: Projected 2nd - 3rd round pick
Draft Visit: April 3rd
Scouting Report: Pead is a player the Steelers are said to be high on, but would likely have to nab him in the second round, as he's unlikely to fall into the late third round.
Pead shined in the combine running a 4.47 forty yard dash and was among the best running backs in all drills, solidifying his status with scouts as a likely second or third round pick.
Pead has great change of direction speed, combined with athleticism and explosion through the hole. In the open field he's a dangerous player and has excellent straight line breakaway speed. With the skill set to be a proto-typical third down change of pace back, Pead can be a factor in the receiving game, which enhances his value. He had 36 receptions in 12 games in 2011, averaging 8.2 yards per catch.
Pass blocking though is a big concern and something that would have to improve for him to be a regular third down back. Does not break a lot of tackles, which could limit his ability as an everydown back.