Pittsburgh Steelers: Carl Bradford

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have nine picks in the 2014 NFL draft and this is the sixth in a series that looks at the nine positions they could address in a week. Keep in mind that the Steelers are likely to draft two cornerbacks so they may not take a player at every position covered in this series.

Our sixth look is at outside linebacker

Added: Arthur Moats

Lost: LaMarr Woodley

Skinny: The Steelers have to replenish one of the most important positions on their defense as the outside linebackers on their roster have a combined 24 career sacks -- less than half of what Woodley produced in seven seasons in Pittsburgh. Do they take an outside linebacker in the first round for the second year in a row? I don’t think so but they have done their homework on outside linebackers and defensive ends who project as outside linebackers in a 3-4 scheme. UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence, Oregon State's Scott Crichton and Arizona State’s Carl Bradford are among the outside linebacker prospects the Steelers hosted for pre-draft visits. They also hosted Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, though I think he projects as an inside player in a 3-4 scheme. The Steelers will take an outside linebacker prospect at some point, and I think one could be in play for them as early as the second round.

Draft likelihood: High

Extra points

Last OLB drafted by the Steelers: Jarvis Jones first round in 2013

Last OLB drafted by the Steelers in the first round: Jones

Last OLB taken 15th overall in the draft: Bruce Irvin, Seahawks, 2012

OLBs drafted under Kevin Colbert/Mike Tomlin: Six

OLBs drafted under Colbert/Tomlin still with the Steelers: Three

CB Bradley Roby visiting Steelers

April, 11, 2014
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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are meeting with a potential first-round pick and two other defensive players Friday at team headquarters.

Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford and Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis are the Steelers’ latest pre-draft visitors with Roby projected as a first- or second-round pick.

Roby may be the most talented cornerback in the draft but he had an up-and-down season in 2013 and didn’t play in the Buckeyes’ season opener because of a suspension stemming from an offseason arrest.

The 5-11, 194-pounder recorded 68 tackles and intercepted three passes last season, and he boosted his stock by running the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Roby as the fourth-best cornerback in the draft behind Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert, Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and TCU’s Jason Verrett.

Bradford recorded 18 tackles for losses and 8 sacks in 2013 for Arizona State, and the 6-1, 250-pounder could play inside or outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Pierre-Louis also had a productive season in 2013 as he recorded 108 tackles, six sacks and an interception.

The 6-1, 232-pounder does not have great size but he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the combine.

The Steelers are allowed to host 30 out-of-area prospects for pre-draft prospects.

They met with Louisville safety Calvin Pryor, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt and Washington State safety Deone Bucannon earlier this week.