It sounds like the Pittsburgh Steelers are focused on improving their defense in the 2014 NFL Draft. They have not had too many offensive players in for their thirty official pre draft visits. Instead, they have focused on cornerbacks, linebackers, safeties, defensive tackles and now defensive ends.
Today the Pittsburgh Steelers brought in Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton, Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson, and cornerback Jason Verrett from TCU for pre-draft. It’s a surprise to see Crichton meeting with the Steelers because he projects to be a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. He has limited experience in dropping into coverage, and he’s not seen as an ideal fit for an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense like the one the Steelers employ.
Verrett is considered a top-five cornerback in this draft, and he could be taken as early as the bottom half of the first round. It’s likely a stretch for the Steelers to select him at No. 15. The Steelers had Darqueze Dennard, one of the most highly rated cornerbacks, in for a pre-draft visit earlier this month. It sounds like the Steelers are looking to improve their secondary, and players like this brought in today, can definitely help this team right away.