ShareThis Page

Steelers host two cornerbacks in predraft visits

| Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Getty Images
Penn State's Saquon Barkley stiff-arms Minnesota's Jalen Myrick in the first half Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in University Park.

Until Wednesday, the Steelers had used just one of their predraft visits to host a cornerback.

That changed when Minnesota's Jalen Myrick and West Virginia's Rasul Douglas visited the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

The cornerbacks were among four players hosted by the Steelers. The others were tight end Jason Croom of Tennessee and outside linebacker Keion Adams of Western Michigan.

The Steelers are expected to take a cornerback early in the draft, and Myrick is projected as a second-day pick. He ran the second-fastest time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine at 4.28 seconds. Only John Ross' record-breaking time of 4.22 seconds was faster.

At 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, Myrick may be a better fit at slot corner rather than the outside. Aging William Gay and untested former second-rounder Senquez Golson are the Steelers' options in the slot.

In his final year at Minnesota, Myrick had 12 passes defensed that included one interception.

Analysts have Douglas (6-2, 209) slotted to be drafted in the third or fourth round. As a senior, he had eight interceptions and eight pass breakups to rank among the national leaders.

Adams and Croom are considered late-round draft picks or undrafted free agents.

Adams had 7.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for a loss last season at Western Michigan. On his NFL Combine draft bio, his player comparison is the Steelers' Arthur Moats. He is the seventh pass rusher the Steelers have brought in for a predraft visit.

Croom had just 21 catches as a senior at Tennessee after missing his junior year with a knee injury. However, he was named the MVP of the Tropical Bowl all-star game after catching two touchdown passes.

The Steelers have used 20 of their 30 allotted predraft visits, not counting three players with local ties the team has hosted.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.