After hosting Georgia EDGE Robert Beal Jr. for a visit yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers are hosting three pre-draft visitors in Michigan State WR Jayden Reed, Cal S Daniel Scott and BYU QB Jaren Hall. The news was reported by Dale Lolley of Steelers.com
Scheduled visits from Scott and Reed were previously reported, but Hall is a new name. Scott is a projected Day Three pick who spent six years at Cal, finishing his career with 207 tackles and seven interceptions. Scott was impressive at the Combine, and he could rise in the draft with such a weak safety class.
Reed is a talented receiver out of Michigan State who would fit very nicely in the slot for Pittsburgh. He had 1,056 yards as a junior at MSU, and he finished his Spartans career with 26 touchdowns and 2,866 yards while dealing with a lot of substandard quarterback play. He also provides upside as a kick returner and punt returner. For a Steelers team that’s more than likely going to take a receiver, Reed would be a nice fit. While he could sneak into Day 2, he’s likely going to be an early Day 3 selection later this month.
Tyler Wise gave him an early Day Three grade in his draft profile.
“When it comes to the Steelers, it would be hard not to want a guy like Reed to fill out this WR room in the middle rounds. That seems to be the sweet spot for Pittsburgh to find gems and Reed’s versatility could greatly supplement this roster. I think he offers more as a WR and blocker than guys like Steven Sims and Gunner Olszewski and could more than hold his own as a returner. If he’s sitting there for Pittsburgh’s third or fourth-round pick, I’d pull the trigger.”
The Steelers have been doing their homework on quarterbacks in this class. Hall is an intriguing name if only because he’s projected to go higher than most of the quarterbacks to which Pittsburgh has talked. A dual threat who spent six seasons at BYU, Hall passed for 3,171 yards and 31 touchdowns last season while adding 350 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. The Steelers are seemingly interested in adding a quarterback who can use his arm and his legs. Hall would fit that bill.
All three of these players are likely mid- to late-round selections as the Steelers continue to assemble their draft board. It’s going to be interesting to see where the Steelers value a guy like Scott. If they want to take him it may have to be in the fourth round since they don’t have a fifth- or sixth-round pick. Those questions will be answered at the end of the month.