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Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Draft Visitor Georgia Southern Running Back Jerick McKinnon

April 26th, 2014 at 12:13 AM
By Mark Mihalko

One of the positions that has received little attention by the Pittsburgh Steelers as their parade of pre-draft visitors have made their way to the city was running back. Yes, early in the process, the team brought in Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, but he was the only one until late this week, when Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon came to town.

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McKinnon is an interesting prospect and appears like a perfect compliment to what the Steelers have on their roster at the moment. A former option quarterback, he is quick, powerful and understands the game. While he is raw, and inexperienced as a running back, he has shown a team-first attitude throughout his career being willing to take on any role that they needed.

Athletic, he has enough size (5-9, 209-pounds) to take on a third down role and has impressive speed (4.41 40-yard dash) and burst while quickly reading blockers. Comfortable with the ball in his hands, he could develop into a decent weapon. Unfortunately, because of his lack of experience as a traditional running back, there are many questions about his abilities to withstand NFL contact between the tackles. He is also somewhat of a question mark with his abilities as a receiver, coming from a dominant option attack that does little through the air.

The Steelers need a compliment in the backfield and McKinnon could be the Day Three sleeper that could come in and make an impact. Yes, he may need some seasoning to get the most out of his talents, but he offers intriguing athleticism and upside to make him an attractive option.

Pre-Draft Visitors/ Prospect Profiles

Cornerbacks (6)

Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson (Profile 3/28)

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard (Profile 3/29)

TCU cornerback Jason Verrett (Profile 4/6)

Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby (Profile 4/10)

Rice cornerback Phillip Gaines (Profile 4/17)

Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert (Profile 2/15)

Wide Receivers (7)

Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown (Profile 3/31)

Mississippi wide receiver Dante Moncrief (Profile 4/3)

South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington (Profile 4/5)

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant (Profile 4/7)

Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (Profile 2/5)

Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans (Profile 2/6)

Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson (Profile 2/16)

Running Backs (2)

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (Profile 4/1)

Georgia Southern running back Jerick McKinnon (Profile 4/26)

Safety (3)

Louisville safety Calvin Pryor (Profile 4/8)

Minnesota safety Brock Vereen (Profile 4/8)

Washington State safety Deone Bucannon (Profile 4/13)

Linebackers (8)

Arizona State outside linebacker/defensive end Carl Bradford (Profile 4/12)

Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis (Profile 4/14)

UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (Profile 4/15)

Auburn outside linebacker/defensive end Dee Ford (Profile 2/16)

Texas outside linebacker/defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat (Profile 4/21)

Oregon State outside linebacker / defensive end Scott Crichton (Profile 4/23)

UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr (Profile 4/24)

Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier (Profile 4/24)

Defensive Linemen (4)

Minnesota defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman (Profile 4/19)

Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt (Profile 4/20)

Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix (Profile 2/7)

Wisconsin nose tackle Beau Allen (Profile 4/22)

Tight Ends (2)

North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron (Profile 2/9)

Massachusetts tight end Rob Blanchflower (Profile 4/26)

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