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By The The Tribune-Review
Saturday, April 26, 2008
 

The Steelers wrapped up their visits with NFL Draft prospects last Thursday. The NFL allows teams to host 30 prospects, though meetings with offensive tackle Jeff Otah, guard Mike McGlynn and tight end Darrell Strong, all from Pitt, as well as with West Virgina safety and Woodland Hills High graduate Ryan Mundy, are considered unofficial since they are local players. Here is a list of the players that are known to have officially met with the Steelers at their South Side facility.

• Branden Albert, G/T, Virginia -- Would be an ideal pick for the Steelers but will probably be gone by the time they make their first-round pick.

• Cliff Avril, DE/LB, Purdue -- Recent history is good when it comes to Boilermaker pass rushers thriving in the NFL.

• Joseph "Red" Bryant, DT, Texas A&M -- The 6-5, 322-pounder excelled in stopping the run for the Aggies.

• Jehuu Caulcrick, RB, Michigan State -- Big back set a Michigan State single-season record with 21 rushing touchdowns in 2007.

• Gosder Cherilus, OT, Boston College -- Played both tackle positions at a school that churns out quality NFL offensive linemen.

• Shawn Crable, LB/DE, Michigan -- Set a school record with 26 12 tackles for losses last season.

• Dennis Dixon, QB, Oregon -- Talented signal-caller may go undrafted since he is recovering from a serious knee injury.

• Keilen Dykes, DE, West Virginia -- A defensive tackle at West Virginia, Dykes is probably a late-round selection at best.

• Charles Godfrey, CB, Iowa -- The 6-foot, 207-pounder has good size and ranked among the Big Ten leaders with five interception in 2007.

• Quentin Groves, DE/LB, Auburn -- Possible first-round pick had 26 career sacks but recent heart surgery may adversely affect his stock.

• James Hardy, WR, Indiana -- Size, athleticism and production (36 career touchdowns) would make him a sure first-round pick if not for concerns about his character.

• Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida -- One of the top players at one of the deepest positions in the draft.

• Chris Johnson, RB, East Carolina -- Ran a blistering 4.24 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine but is on the small side.

• Jason Jones, DE, Eastern Michigan -- Registered 19 12 tackles for losses in 2007 while playing defensive tackle.

Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma - Possible first rounder but concerns over speed could drop big wideout into the second round.

• Kendall Langford, DE, Hampton -- Has all the physical tools to succeed but can he make the jump from a small school to the NFL?

• Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee -- One of the top linebackers in the draft, he projects as an inside 'backer in a 3-4 defense.

• Brandon McAnderson, FB, Kansas -- Late-round prospect could be a consideration for Steelers if he goes undrafted.

• Dre Moore, DT, Maryland -- The 6-4, 311-pounder might have been a first-rounder but bouts with inconsistency at Maryland make him a probable second-round pick.

• Orlando Scandrick, CB, Boise State -- Started 38 of 39 games he played in at Boise State and left school early even though he projects as a second-day pick.

• Jerome Simpson, WR, Coastal Carolina -- Small-school prospect caught 27 touchdown passes his last two seasons at Coastal Carolina.

• Matthew Slater, KR, UCLA -- Son of Pro Football Hall of Famer, Jackie Slater, this special-teams standout returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in 2007.

• Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon -- The 6-foot, 230-pounder has a unique blend of size and speed and may not make it to the Steelers in the first round.

• Aqib Talib, CB, Kansas -- Even questions about several drug tests that he allegedly failed while at Kansas won't drop this dynamic player out of the first round.

• Ryan Torain, RB, Arizona State -- The 6-1, 213-pounder is a power runner who projects as a late-round selection.

• Mario Urrutia, WR, Lousville -- The 6-6, 228-pounder left for the NFL early even after a disappointing junior season for the Cardinals.

• Philip Wheeler, LB, Georgia Tech -- Versatility and athleticism make him a possible second-round pick.

By the numbers

Here is a breakdown of the players that officially visited the Steelers by position.

1 -- Kick return specialists

1 -- Quarterbacks

2 -- Linebackers

3 -- Offensive linemen

3 -- "Hybrid" defensive ends/outside linebackers

4 -- Cornerbacks

4 -- Defensive linemen

4 -- Wide receivers

5 -- Running backs

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