Top safety draft prospect Justin Reid visits Steelers
Steelers draft prospect and Stanford safety Justin Reid visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Here, Reid makes a catch during his Pro Day on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Stanford, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
The Steelers hosted Justin Reid, one of the highest rated safety prospects in the 2018 NFL draft class, on Tuesday, per Reid’s Instagram story.
Reid shared photos of downtown Pittsburgh, the outside of the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, a brief video from the team’s practice field at the facility and one from inside Steelers headquarters.
Following Pittsburgh’s release of Mike Mitchell, Reid became a popular projected pick for the Steelers. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Stanford star was a second-team All-American last season.
He declared for the draft as a junior after compiling 54 solo tackles – 94 total – 5 interceptions, 6 pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 2017. Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert have openly stated their preference for younger draft prospects as they tend to have more top-end talent to begin with and the team can conceivably develop and play them for more prime years of their careers.
Reid highlights a slate of Steelers pre-draft visitors that’s short on projected first-round prospects. He, Allen, Moore and Boise State inside linebacker Leighton Vander Esch are among the few plausible Day 1 or 2 selections that have come to Pittsburgh ahead of the draft, which begins next Thursday.
Wednesday, April 18 is the final day for NFL teams to host prospects.
Steelers 2018 NFL Draft picks
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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