Wisconsin LB Andrew Van Ginkel visits with Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded the predraft visit process Wednesday by hosting a linebacker who has a knack for getting after the quarterback.
The Steelers hosted Wisconsin’s Andrew Van Ginkel, who projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Van Ginkel played at three schools. He started at South Dakota, where he redshirted as a freshman. After two years there, he transferred to Iowa Western for a season. He finished with two seasons at Wisconsin, where he made 10 starts in 27 games with the Badgers.
In his two years playing in the Big Ten, Van Ginkel had 99 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He also forced four fumbles, broke up five passes and had two interceptions.
Van Ginkel is projected as a late-round draft pick.
The Steelers used their allotment of 30 official visits, plus they hosted three local players who didn’t count against that total.
Of the 33 players the Steelers hosted, they met with eight linebackers, seven running backs, six cornerbacks, four wide receivers, three safeties, three tight ends, one defensive end and one offensive lineman.
Here is the list of players the Steelers hosted:
APRIL 1: RB Miles Sanders (Penn State), RB Damien Harris (Alabama), TE Alize Mack (Notre Dame); WR Andy Isabella (UMass), WR Dillon Mitchell (Oregon)
APRIL 2: RB Mike Weber (Ohio State), RB Jordan Scarlett (Florida), RB: Travis Homer (Miami); WR: Miles Boykin (Notre Dame); LB David Long (West Virginia)
APRIL 3: S Ugo Amadi (Oregon), S Darnell Savage (Maryland), LB Jordan Brailford (Oklahoma State), LB Ben Burr-Kirven (Washington)
APRIL 4: S Dravon Henry (West Virginia), CB Sean Bunting (Central Michigan), LB Ulysses Gilbert III (Akron), LB Gary Johnson (Texas)
APRIL 5: CB Justin Laynes (Michigan State), CB Rock Ya-Sin (Temple)
APRIL 8: CB Deandre Baker (Georgia), CB Byron Murphy (Washington), OLB Ben Banogu (TCU)
APRIL 9: TE Foster Moreau (LSU); DE Charles Omenihu (Texas)
APRIL 10: TE Josh Oliver (San Jose State); G Garrett Brumfield (LSU)
APRIL 11: RB Kerrith Whyte Jr. (Florida Atlantic)
APRIL 12: WR/KR/PR Diontae Johnson (Toledo)
APRIL 15: RB Ty Johnson (Maryland), LB Quintin Williams (Murray State)
APRIL 16: CB Stephen Denmark (Valdosta State)
APRIL 17: LB Andrew Van Ginkel (Wisconsin)
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