Just like every other NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers spent much of April entertaining NCAA collegiate football players in advance of the 2013 NFL Draft.
At first the stream of news of players making visits to Pittsburgh in advance of the NFL Draft was steady, and it was clear that the Steelers were interested in linebackers. Or they were trying to fake the rest of the NFL into think linebacker was a priority. Then, as pointed out in a recent edition of Steel Curtain Rising’s Watch Tower, the news stopped.
For some undisclosed reason, the Steelers abruptly stopped making announcements on which college players were making visits to the South Side in advance of the 2013 NFL Draft.
However, bloggers who were willing to roll up their proverbial sleeves and sort through Twitter feeds and the like could get some insight on additional pre-Draft visits to the Steelers.
To that end, Steel Curtain Rising has compiled the following list of college players who visited the Steelers South Side complex prior to the 2013 NFL Draft.
College Running Backs Visiting the Steelers
Christine Michael, Texas A&M
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
Le’Veron Bell, Michigan State
Eddie Lacy, Alabama
College Offensive Tackles Visiting the Steelers
Nik Embernate, San Diego State University
College Linebackers Visiting the Steelers
John Simon, OSU (Ohio State University)
Vince Williams, FSU (Florida State University)
Jarvus Jones, University of Georgia
James Collins, Southern Mississippi University
Khaseem Greene, Rutgers University
Michael Mauti, Penn State
Malliciah Goodman, Clemson University
Sio Moore, University of Connecticut
College Wide Receivers Visiting the Steelers
Josh Boyce, TCU (Texas Christian University)
Justin Brown, Okalahoma University
Tavarres King, University of Georgia
College Cornerbacks Visiting the Steelers
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, University of Connecticut
Xavier Rhodes, FSU
B.W. Web, William and Mary University
Tharold Simon, LSU (Louisiana State University)
College Safeties Visiting the Steelers
Jonathn Meeks, Clemson University
Philip Thomas, Fresno State University
Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse University
Will Davis, Utah State
Duke Williams, University of Nevada
That’s a list of 25. Per NFL rules, the Steelers were allowed to invite up to 30 college players to make visits prior to the 2013 NFL Draft. So the identities of five other players, in addition to whatever players they invited in from Pitt, are unknown.