Cockrell, a four-year starter at Duke, recorded 46 tackles last season and intercepted three passes while breaking up 12 of them. The 6-foot, 191-pounder is Duke’s all-time leader in interceptions (12) as well as passes defended (46).
Cockrell, who redshirted his first season at Duke, is widely projected as a third- or fourth-round pick.
He is the latest cornerback to make a pre-draft visit to Pittsburgh as the Steelers previously hosted Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard, Ohio State’s Bradley Roby, TCU’s Jason Verrett, Rice’s Phillip Gaines and Arizona’s Shaquille Richardson.
Dennard will be a first-round pick and Roby and Verrett could also get taken on the first day of the draft. The Steelers will draft at least one cornerback, and I will be surprised if they don’t take two this year given their need for an infusion of talent and youth at the position.
ESPN analyst Todd McShay has the Steelers taking Dennard with the 15th overall pick in his latest mock draft.
Teams are permitted to host 30 out of area prospects prior to the draft and no visits are allowed after this week.
The three-day draft starts May 8.