Steelers host Penn State S Marcus Allen, plus 2 more NFL draft prospects
Penn State safety and Steelers NFL draft prospect Marcus Allen celebrates the Nittany Lions’ Big Ten East division championship after the 45-12 win over Michigan State at Beaver Stadium on Nov. 26, 2016. Joe Hermitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
PITTSBURGH — The Steelers hosted some of their most highly rated pre-draft visitors just one day before the window for such meetings closes.
Penn State safety Marcus Allen, Southern Mississippi safety Tarvarius Moore and Florida State linebacker Matthew Thomas came to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on Tuesday.
Both Allen and Moore are projected Day 2 picks while Thomas is expected to come off the board in the late rounds of the draft.
All three would fill positions of need for Pittsburgh despite the free agent signings of Morgan Burnett at safety and Jon Bostic at inside linebacker.
Marcus Allen a thumping tackler who could play $backer. Moore a fast, underrated center fielder. https://t.co/CThENoJNK9
— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) April 17, 2018
A four-year contributor for Penn State, Allen tallied 71 total tackles – 45 solo and 26 assisted – in his senior season while breaking up 2 passes, catching one interception and making 4 tackles for a loss.
Moore, who is one of the fastest safeties in this draft class, was a junior college transfer from Pearl River Community College. In his last of two seasons with the Golden Eagles, Moore made 59 solo tackles, 28 assisted, 3 tackles for a loss, 3 interceptions, 10 pass breakups, forcing one fumble and recovering another.
Thomas would join fellow former Seminole and late-round pick Vince Williams in the Steelers’ inside linebacker room. The supposed Day 3 prospect made 85 total tackles, 10 for a loss, 2 sacks, an interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in his redshirt senior year.
Many of the Steelers’ pre-draft visitors this offseason have been projected lower-round picks. Pittsburgh holds the following picks going into the 2018 draft:
1st round: No. 28 overall
2nd round: No. 60 overall
3rd round: No. 92 overall
5th round: No. 148 overall
No. 165 overall
7th round: No. 220 overall
No. 246 overall
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