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Pittsburgh Steelers Pre-Draft Visitor Georgia Tech Cornerback/Safety Jemea Thomas

May 4th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Mark Mihalko

There is no doubt that the Pittsburgh Steelers will add players to their secondary during the NFL Draft. Looking at their visit list, there have been three positions that have stood out during the pre-draft process: wide receiver, cornerback, and outside linebacker. In fact, the majority of visitors during the final weeks of preps have been cornerbacks.  

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One of the last prospects to visit is a mid-round prospect who is currently flying under the RADAR. Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas may lack prototypical size (5-9, 192-pounds), but he plays with a physical style and top-notch instincts.

A versatile defensive back, he is a two-year starter in the Georgia Tech secondary with experience at both cornerback and safety. While he lacks straight-line speed (4.52 40-yard dash), he is a fluid athlete and understands positioning to make plays.

Due to his size and aggressiveness, Thomas does come with durability concerns as he enters the league. Even with his size limitations, his versatility, and experience on defense and as a punt returner should make him an intriguing mid-round option. The Steelers will likely add two or three defensive backs during the draft and a prospect with position flexibility could rise up their draft boards.

Pre-Draft Visitors/ Prospect Profiles

Cornerbacks (9)

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)

Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller (Profile 5/2)

Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas (Profile 5/4)

Wide Receivers (9)

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)

Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer (Profile 4/29)

Nebraska wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (Profile 5/3)

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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