NFL Draft

Study: What The Steelers Look For (2019 Recap)

I know one series you guys really enjoy – and I do too – is the Pittsburgh Steelers “what they look for” breakdowns. Using the measurables of past prospects the team has drafted in an attempt to project who fits best from this current class. And it’s shown some decent predictive power in the past, suggesting names like Sean Davis and Jaylen Samuels in recent years.

But I know the individual articles have been scattered over the last two weeks. So I wanted to put the names all in one place to make it easier to look up. We won’t list all the data again, I’ll link the articles if you’d like to check out the details, but the names of who fits the best from the positions we examined.

Running Back 

Every Box Checked

Alex Barnes/Kansas St

One Box Away

Damien Harris/Alabama
Travis Homer/Miami (FL)
Quadree Ollison/Pittsburgh
Miles Sanders/Penn State
Jordan Scarlett/Florida
L.J. Scott/Michigan St
Dexter Williams/Notre Dame

Wide Receiver

Every Box Checked

Miles Boykin/Notre Dame
Ashton Dulin/Malone
Bisi Johnson/Colorado State
Stanley Morgan/Nebraska
Darius Slayton/Auburn
David Sills/West Virginia

One Box Away

Parris Campbell/Ohio State
Gary Jennings/West Virginia
Terry McLaurin/Ohio State
Dillon Mitchell/Oregon
Deebo Samuel/South Carolina
Cody Thompson/Toledo

Defensive Ends

Every Box Checked

Renell Wren/Arizona State

One Box Away

Trysten Hill/UCF
Jerry Tillery/Notre Dame

Inside Linebacker

All Boxes Checked

Dakota Allen/Texas Tech
Cody Barton/Utah
Emeke Egbule/Houston
Jordan Jones/Kentucky
Druq Tranquill/Notre Dame
Devin White/LSU

One Box Away

Otaro Alaka/Texas A&M
Ben Burr-Kirven/Washington
Devin Bush/Michigan
Terez Hall/Missouri
Bobby Okereke/Stanford
Germaine Pratt/NC State
Cameron Smith/USC
Ty Summers/TCU

Outside Linebacker

All Boxes Checked

Montez Sweat/Mississippi State

One Box Away

Jamal Davis/Akron
Gerri Green/Mississippi St
Justin Hollins/Oregon


All Boxes Checked

Corey Ballentine/Washburn
Isaiah Johnson/Houston
Julian Love/Notre Dame
Amani Oruwariye/Penn State
Ken Webster/Ole Miss

One Box Away

Davante Davis/Texas
Jamel Dean/Auburn
Alijah Holder/Stanford
Michael Jackson/Miami (FL)
Lonnie Johnson/Kentucky
Justin Layne/Michigan State
David Long/Michigan
Rock Ya-Sin/Temple

That list totals 54 players, a healthy place to start in putting together your mock draft. Of that group, here are the ones who came for pre-draft visits:

Damien Harris/RB
Miles Sanders/RB
Travis Homer/RB
Jordan Scarlett/RB
Miles Boykin/WR
Dillon Mitchell/WR
Ben Burr-Kirven/LB
Justin Layne/CB
Rock Ya-Sin/CB

Nine players showed up and that’s not even including guys like Devin Bush and Davis Sills, players we know the team is high on. Or the Pro Days they attended like Johnson, Love, and Alaka.

This isn’t the say-all, end-all, and we’ve certainly seen players who didn’t check all these boxes though sometimes, that’s an issue of a player not testing or doing so only at his Pro Day, which puts them in immediate conflict with how we conduct our study.

Let me know in the comments below who your favorite prospects are and the ones you believe will most likely become Steelers.

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