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Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Draft Visitor Duke Cornerback Ross Cockrell

April 28th, 2014 at 10:10 PM
By Mark Mihalko

There is a very good possibility that the Pittsburgh Steelers will grab multiple defensive backs in the upcoming NFL Draft. While this class of cornerbacks may not be as deep as some others, there is some solid mid-to-late round talent that can be found.

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One such cornerback is Duke defensive back Ross Cockrell, who has spent time with the Steelers on a pre-draft visit. At 6-0, 191-pounds, he plays bigger and more physical than his linear frame would indicate.

Best suited for zone schemes, as he lacks the elite top-end speed (4.56 40-yard dash) and fluidity called for in man-heavy defenses. However, what he lacks in pure athleticism, he makes up for with tremendous football acumen, and has been considered an extension of the coaching staff.

In the end, Cockrell is an intriguing prospect with solid hands and high football character. If the Steelers look to grab a cornerback in the fourth or fifth round, he could be a viable option.

Pre-Draft Visitors/ Prospect Profiles

Cornerbacks (7)

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)

Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell (Profile 4/28)

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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