Three offensive players have pre-draft visits with Steelers
The Steelers took a break Monday from evaluating draft-eligible defensive players by hosting three former college players from the offensive side of the ball.
Visiting UPMC Rooney Sports Complex were Louisville running back Reggie Bonnafon, LSU fullback John David Moore and Middle Tennessee State wide receiver Richie James.
Until Monday, the Steelers had hosted nine draft prospects, with eight playing defense.
Bonnafon is the most versatile of the trio. At Louisville, he started out as a quarterback but lost his job to Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson. He moved to wide receiver, but in 2017 he switched to the backfield. He had 93 carries for 459 yards (4.9 average) and seven touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 182 yards and a score.
Bonnafon (6-foot-3, 215 pounds) ran a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash at Louisville’s pro day last month.
Moore is a 6-4, 240-pound fullback who is close to completing his degree in architecture. According to LSU records, he would be the first football player to get an architecture degree at the school since the 1970s. On the football field, his primary job was opening holes for potential first-round draft pick Derrius Guice. Moore is considered an undrafted free agent by most NFL Draft publications.
James has a sixth- or seventh-round draft projection, according to the NFL’s Draft site. At 5-10, 185 pounds, James ran a 4.48 40 at the NFL Combine.
James’ junior season at Middle Tennessee State was shortened by a broken collarbone. He finished the season with 31 catches for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 10 rushing attempts and returned punts. He finished his career as the school’s career leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Adding roster depth on the offensive line, the Steelers signed three free agents to one-year contracts: offensive tackles Joseph Cheek and Larson Graham and center Parker Collins.
None of the three players signed has played in an NFL regular-season game. Graham played collegiately at Duquesne.
Graham spent training camp and the preseason last summer on the Atlanta Falcons roster. Graham was a four-year starter at Duquesne and was a second-team, all-Northeast Conference player three years in a row.
Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.