2011 Draft

Report: Alabama A&M NT Kearse & Louisville CB Patrick To Have Pre Draft Visits With Steelers

Dale Lolley reported a little while ago that Alabama A&M nose tackle Frank Kearse and Louisville cornerback Johnny Patrick will make pre draft visits with the Steelers if the have not already. The Steelers have been more tight lipped this offseason about the players they bring to the South Side for official visits, but word continues to leak out. Lolley also confirmed earlier reports that Boise State wide receiver Austin Pettis and Utah State cornerback Curtis Marsh are two of the 30 allowed visitors the Steelers will have prior to the draft.

Steelers scout Mark Gorscak was present for the Alabama A&M Pro Day in early March and the 6 foot 4, 315 pound defensive tackle certainly seems to be on the Steelers draft day radar. At his Pro day, Kearse logged a 5.2 40-yard dash, 30-inch vertical, 8-7 broad jump, and 22 225-pound bench press reps. with several. His other measurables included a 7 1/4 hand size, 34 1/4 arm length, and an 85 3/8 wingspan.

Patrick is regarded as a mid round corner prospect that measured in at 5 foot 10 and a half at the NFL Combine and weighed 191 pounds. He started every game as a senior last year and led the Cardinals with five interceptions. While at the combine he turned in a 40 time in the high 4.5 range, but lowered it below 4.5 at his Pro Day in early March. He had a charge of harassment with physical contact dismissed in mid March after he completed a diversion program that included counseling.

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