Steelers show draft interest in four more

Scout.com senior analyst Ed Thompson and scouting guru Chris Steuber continue to uncover the names of prospects interviewed by the Pittsburgh Steelers at the recent combine in Indianapolis. Here are four more:

The Pittsburgh Steelers were one of 20 teams to interview top-tier cornerback Vontae Davis (5-11, 203) of Illinois. Like his brother, Vernon, Vontae's eye-popping physique turned heads at the workout, where he ran a 4.49 40 and flashed his quickness in drills. Of course, there are questions that he's simply a workout warrior, but the Steelers did their perfunctory homework on a player who's slotted by Steuber to be selected with the 14th pick.

Another player Steuber has slotted in his recent two-round mock draft is Boston College's massive defensive tackle Ron Brace (6-3, 330). The Steelers were one of 14 teams to interview Brace, who would play nose tackle for the team. Brace was the second-heaviest DT at the combine behind the 337-pound Raji, but ran a far slower 40 – 5.52 to Raji's 5.13. The weight is a concern to teams that monitored Brace's back problems throughout last season. Brace benched 225 pounds 32 times at the combine.

Speaking of big, strong linemen, the Steelers were one of seven teams to conduct formal interviews with 6-foot-7 guard Herman Johnson of LSU. Johnson was the heaviest player at the combine at 364 pounds, and also had the largest hand measurement at 11.3 inches. Considered a mid-round prospect, Johnson ran a 5.53 40 to rank as the third-slowest guard at the combine behind Ramon Foster (5.57) and C.J. Davis (5.56). Johnson also put up only 21 reps, again third-lowest at his position. Johnson is considered a mauling, "phone booth" type of lineman.

Also, the Steelers were one of 12 teams to interview Connecticut defensive end Cody Brown (6-3, 244), who projects to outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Brown ran a 4.84 40, but showed strength with 26 bench reps. One of the more impressive pass rushers during Senior Bowl week, Brown is considered a late-second/early-third rounder who'll shine immediately on special teams.

For the list of known prospects interviewed by the Steelers in Indianapolis, click here.


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