Pittsburgh Steelers host Pitt QB Nathan Peterman, FCS OLB
PITTSBURGH — With Nathan Peterman, the Pittsburgh Steelers got their third “free” visit of the 2017 pre-Draft season into the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
The former Pitt standout is also the third quarterback to visit the Steelers.
Peterman was one of two NFL Draft prospects at the team facility on Monday, joined by Eastern Washington outside linebacker Sam Ebukam. Pittsburgh has now hosted 17 players for pre-Draft visits, though just 14 count against the NFL limit of 30 prospects due to local exemptions for Peterman, James Conner and former Michigan State and Gateway High School safety Montae Nicholson.
Ebukam is a projected low-round pick or undrafted rookie free agent whose most immediate chance to get on the field as a Steeler would be special teams.
He ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at Eastern Washington’s Pro Day on March 28.
Peterman has been one of the supposedly rising stars of the pre-Draft season following his strong performance during the week of the Senior Bowl, followed by a strong throwing session at the NFL Combine.
He is projected mid-round pick, though some Draft prognosticators consider him one of the more Year 1-ready prospects in this year’s class. Whereas other, more highly rated talents have greater potential, Peterman is thought to be among the most ready to run an offensive, if needed, in a class that isn’t projected to have any players “ready” to start as rookies.
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Peterman’s visit comes after fellow quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Josh Dobbs visited the Steelers last Monday.
General manager Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin have both publicly acknowledged that the team needs to bring in a longterm replacement for Ben Roethlisberger sooner or later.
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