As the Pittsburgh Steelers inch closer to the 2012 NFL Draft, it is always interesting to look at the players that they bring in for the pre-draft visits. Every year, NFL teams are allowed 30 such visits (not including local college teams in direct market). Over this month leading up to the draft, we will keep a running tab on these visitors and profile some of them.
To this point, the Steelers have brought in or scheduled visits with these players:
Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams (Steelers101 profile 3/30)
Miami (Ohio) offensive guard Brandon Brooks
Regina defensive tackle Akiem Hicks
Florida International wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (Steelers101 profile 3/31)
Virginia defensive end Cam Johnson
Stanford long snapper Zach Nolan
Cincinnati defensive end Derek Wolfe
Colorado wide receiver Toney Clemons
The next prospect we will look at is Miami (Ohio) OG Brandon Brooks, who could be available when the Steelers are on the clock second or third rounds.
At 6-5, 346 pounds, Brooks is physically imposing. He is a big, strong, and versatile offensive lineman, who should eventually settle in as a starting guard in most schemes. An anomaly by not being invited to the combine, he had a solid pro-day workout which propelled him up some draft boards. While he does lack some lateral movement skills and shows some heavy feet, he has the ability to dominate as a road-grader in the run game, and a win battles as a pass protector.
The Steelers clearly need help along the offensive line and could be at a point where they select multiple linemen throughout the draft. Brooks has the potential to come in and compete for playing time as a rookie and the upside to become an above average pro.
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