All NFL teams are permitted to visit with 30 college players in advance of the 2010 NFL Draft on April 22-23-24. Not counting against the total of 30 are any players who are considered local to a particular franchise.
After linebackers Sean Lee and Jerry Hughes completed their pre-draft visits on Tuesday, April 13, the Steelers had entertained 32 prospects. Their two local players were Lee, who attended was Upper St. Clair High School just south of the city; and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who attended Woodland Hill High School just east of Pittsburgh.
Lee, 6-foot-2, 236-pounds, is a former team captain at Penn State who recorded 324 tackles in 36 games over the 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons. He missed 2008 with a torn ACL.
Hughes, 6-2, 255, from Texas Christian, led the nation in sacks in 2008 when he posted 15, and in 2009 he followed up with 11.5 more when he won the Hendricks Award as the best defensive end in college football. During those last two seasons, Hughes also had eight forced fumbles, two interceptions and four passes batted down.
On Monday, April 12, the Steelers visited with wide receiver Antonio Brown, 5-10, 196, of Central Michigan; and defensive end Alex Carrington, 6-5, 285, of Arkansas State.
Of the 32 players the Steelers have had in for visits, there have been seven linebackers, seven wide receivers, six offensive linemen, four defensive lineman, three cornerbacks, three safeties, one running back and one tight end.
On Friday, April 9 the Steelers visited with wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders, 5-11, 186, from SMU, and Rejus Benn, 6-1, 219, from Illinois. Also brought in that day was safety Earl Thomas, 5-10, 208, from Texas.
On April 8, the Steelers visited with guard Mike Iupati, 6-5, 331, from Idaho; and center Maurkice Pouncey, 6-4, 301, from Florida. The defensive linemen were Clifton Geathers, 6-7, 299, from South Carolina and Linval Joseph, 6-4, 328, from East Carolina. Also making a visit was wide receiver Carlton Mitchell, 6-3, 215, from South Florida; and tight end Rob Gronkowski, 6-6, 264, from Arizona.
On April 7, the team visited with wide receivers Dez Bryant, 6-2, 225, from Oklahoma State, and Golden Tate, 5-10, 199, from Notre Dame; running back LeGarrette Blount, 6-0, 241, from Oregon; and linebackers Koa Misi, 6-3, 251, from Utah, and Adrian Tracy, 6-3, 248, from William & Mary.
On April 6, the Steelers entertained offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga, 6-5, 315, from Iowa. Bulaga is considered a first-round talent in the upcoming draft.
The Steelers ended their first week of pre-draft visits on Thursday, April 1 by meeting with defensive back Brandon Ghee, 6-0, 192, from Wake Forest; and linebacker Eric Norwood, 6-1, 245, from South Carolina.
On March 31, the Steelers brought in cornerback Nolan Carroll, 6-0, 200, from Maryland; cornerback Kareem Jackson, 5-11, 190, from Alabama; cornerback Kyle Wilson, 5-10, 190, from Boise State; wide receiver Joe Webb, 6-3, 223, from Alabama-Birmingham; and linebacker Albert McClellan, 6-1, 247, from Marshall.
On March 30, it was guard Jacques McClendon, 6-3, 324, from Tennessee; and tackle Rodger Saffold, 6-5, 315, from Indiana.
On March 29, the Steelers visited with defensive lineman Michael Neal, 6-3, 294, from Purdue; guard Chris DeGeare, 6-4, 325, from Wake Forest; safety Darrell Stuckey, 6-0, 205, from Kansas; and linebacker Navorro Bowman, 6-2, 242, from Penn State.