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Pittsburgh Steelers host cornerback Brandon Williams, who has a familiar background

Like another cornerback the Steelers drafted 13 years ago, Brandon Williams is a former running back with blazing speed. He was one of three visitors Tuesday.

Back in 2003, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted a 6-foot, 200-pound cornerback out of the deep south who had been a running back before being moved prior to his senior season.

Ike Taylor was a raw fourth-round pick, no doubt, but two years later he intercepted a pass in the Super Bowl, started in two others, and retired following the 2014 season as one of the team's all-time greats.

The Steelers hosted a player with a similar background today as one of their pre-draft visitors.

Brandon Williams (5-11 3/8, 197) was a running back first at Oklahoma, and then Texas A&M, before being moved to cornerback at A&M last season. His 4.37 40 at the NFL Combine gives him the similar size and speed Taylor had coming out, and with the inexperience at his position Williams would require the similar patience that paid off so handsomely with Taylor.

As a running back, Williams was effective -- 867 yards at 4.9 per carry -- but scouts say he lacked vision and instincts.

As a cornerback, Williams broke up seven passes without an interception last season. He did catch 14 passes in two seasons as an A&M running back.

Williams' ceiling suggests a fourth-round grade, but in such a deep crop of corners he could be drafted later.

Also visiting the Steelers on Tuesday were Utah running back Devontae Booker and Michigan safety Jarrod Wilson.

Booker (5-11, 219) is considered one of the top backs in this draft. The Steelers likely brought him in for a medical check because Booker tore meniscus in his left knee late last season and couldn't perform at the combine or his pro day.

Booker, who'll turn 24 on May 27, spent two years at a junior college and another year academically ineligible before piling up 2,773 rushing yards (5.0 avg.) and catching 80 passes in two seasons at Utah.

If healthy, Booker is a second or third-rounder. He has three-down potential and is more of a quick back than a threat to break long runs. He has small hands and fumbled 16 times at Utah.

Wilson (6-1 1/4, 209, 4.55) is a late-round candidate after starting three years for Michigan. He came out of Akron's Buchtel High School and is the nephew of former NFL tight end Dave Young. Wilson has four career interceptions and 169 total tackles.


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