The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted three more college prospects today for looks before the 2014 NFL Draft, according to Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest. The list includes Ra’Shede Hageman (DT- Minnesota), Rob Blanchflower (TE-UMass) and Phillip Gaines (CB-Rice).
Draft visits today for @Steelers: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota: Rob Blanchflower, TE, UMass; Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
— Bob Labriola (@BobLabriola) April 17, 2014
While visits from a defensive tackle and cornerback aren’t surprising considering the Steelers have actively been seeking depth and young blood on that side of the ball, another visit from a tight end has some wondering if earlier visit from Eric Ebron indicates that the Steelers are interested in tight ends as well. Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth are currently the Steelers’ only real options at the position, despite the current roster. Tight end may well be a selection for the Steelers in the middle of their draft board.
During Minnesota’s Pro Days: “The star attraction was Ra’shede Hageman, the No. 26 overall prospect and No. 4 defensive tackle in this year’s class (according to NFLDraftScout.com).” – The Sports XChange
Predicted to go in the seventh round by NFLDraftScout.com, Rob Blanchflower is coming off of a hernia repair. The 6 foot 4 inch, 256 pound tight end earned the nickname “Gronkflower” from UMass fans, an homage to Rob Gronkowski, NFL tight end.
Phillip Gaines is, “A natural cover corner with fluid hips and light feet to match up with speedy playmakers…like Sidney Rice (Seattle Seahawks) and Tavon Austin (St. Louis Rams)…The two-time All-Conference USA pick was particularly impressive as a senior allowing just 13 receptions in 40 targeted throws during the  year.” – Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com