Tony Pauline, the draft-maestro we look towards during the Pro Day circuit, is dropping knowledge bombs on the Pittsburgh Steelers up at Boise State.
Per Pauline and Walter Football, the Steelers have a future visit scheduled with safety Darian Thompson. Pauline writes he was timed between 4.53 and 4.55, right in line with what I said in the mailbag. His broad and vertical numbers are not known.
Thompson would make the sixth known visit for Pittsburgh and the fifth defensive back.
Pauline gave out two other nuggets of information. The Steelers have reported interest in OLB Kamalei Correa and may look at him with the 25th pick. The team reportedly had dinner with the outside linebacker last night.
He ended with this piece of information about the team’s draft plans.
“The belief from people at Boise State’s pro day is the Steelers will take the best defensive back seven player (safety/cornerback/linebacker) when they are called to the clock in Round 1.”
That could throw a monkey wrench in the idea of taking someone like a Andrew Billings,but the draft is full of different information throughout the process. And as we’ve said before, there is no guarantee Billings falls to 25. The team probably didn’t expect Bud Dupree to drop last year, either.
While the idea of focusing on defense is hardly a surprise, it’s all helping to build a slightly clearer picture of the team’s first round plans. William Jackson III, Mackensie Alexander, and Noah Spence, could all be candidates.
— Michael Katz (@MichaelLKatz) March 31, 2016