It’s been a busy couple days at the Pittsburgh Steelers facility. After bringing in five pre-draft visitors yesterday, five more are coming in Tuesday. According to Bob Labriola, the five today are:
RB Jordan Scarlett – Florida
RB Mike Weber – Ohio State
RB Travis Homer – Miami (FL)
WR Miles Boykin – Notre Dame
ILB David Long – West Virginia
Tuesday's pre-draft visitors: LB David Long from WVU; WR Miles Boykin from Notre Dame; RB Travis Homer from Miami; RB Jordan Scarlett from Florida; RB MIke Weber from Ohio State
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 2, 2019
That’s three more running backs visiting, giving the team six in total, a high amount that suggests more interest in addressing the position than we’ve thought. Weber’s impending visit was reported a week ago while Scarlett was noted early Tuesday morning.
Weber is a speedy back from Ohio State, running a 4.47 at the Combine at 5’9/5 211 pounds. As a Buckeye, he averaged nearly six yards per carry and 25 total touchdowns (24 rushing, one receiving). He also caught 54 career passes, a respectable number that shows off some versatility. He’s projected to be a mid-round pick.
Scarlett put up a similar 40 time at Indy, a 4.48 at 5’10 208 pounds. Declaring as a redshirt junior, he didn’t have a prolific career but still averaged over five yards per carry. In 2018, he carried the ball 131 times for 776 yards and five scores. He’s another late Day Two, early Day Three pick.
Homer is one of the most well-rounded backs of the draft, a capable runner, receiver, and blocker. He had a strong Combine across the board, running in the high 4.4’s just like Weber and Scarlett. He averaged at or near six yards per carry every season with the Hurricanes, finishing with nearly 1000 yards in 2018. Homer also declared a year early. He figures to go somewhere on Day Three, perhaps around the fifth round.
Boykin was a known pre-draft visit and a receiver the Steelers are taking a long look at. He exploded in 2018 after struggling to see the field, catching 59 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns and declaring a year early. Kevin Colbert attended his Pro Day workout too, one of several Notre Dame players on display. Boykin had one of the best Combine workouts of the year, running a 4.42, jumping 43.5 inches in the vert, and 11’8″ in the broad with a 6’3/6 220 pound frame. He could be taken as high as the second round.
Long’s inclusion hadn’t been reported but shouldn’t be a surprise if you’ve followed us. He’s a strong athlete with a ton of production, a career racking up 39.5 TFL and 12.5 sacks. He’s a solid Day Two candidate, perhaps being selected with one of the team’s two third round picks. Long should be considered a local visit though since he’s from West Virginia and will not count against the official 30.
Today’s list gives us 16 official pre-draft visitors out of a possible 30. You can see the full list here.