As reported in the Post-Gazette and other outlets, the Steelers began to bring in college prospects for workouts in advance of the 2011 NFL draft. Prior to Friday, April 1st, the Steelers had only brought in nose tackle Kendrick Ellis from Hampton for a workout. They also brought 7 players in from Pitt a few weeks ago, but those do not count against their pre-draft visit limit of 30 players. Yesterday the Steelers hosted three more prospects, all of them from football programs in the South (for whatever that’s worth):
- Jarriel King, offensive tackle, South Carolina
- James Carpenter, offensive tackle, Alabama
- Marcus Gilbert, offensive tackle, Florida
As you can see, beyond geography, tackle is a common thread.
This may mean little, but one would figure that tackle is high on the Steelers list, with Max Starks coming off neck surgery, Willie Colon set to be a free agent, and Flozell Adams pushing 36. In his PG Plus write up of the visit, Ed Bouchette opined that none of these players is a potential first round pick.