Safety Calvin Pryor visiting Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- The signing of Mike Mitchell last month hasn't stopped the Pittsburgh Steelers from taking a closer look at one of the top safeties in the draft.

Calvin Pryor is visiting the Steelers today, and the former Louisville star is a projected first-round pick. Pryor is also widely regarded as the second-best safety in the draft after Alabama's Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

The 5-foot-11, 207-pound Pryor recorded 65 tackles and three interceptions last year and he is a hard hitter who is particularly strong in run support.

This is a curious visit at face value since Mitchell's signing makes it unlikely that the Steelers use their first-round pick on a safety. But with teams using five and six defensive backs in sub-packages with increasing frequency it makes sense that the Steelers are doing their homework on players who can help them in the secondary.

The Steelers are allowed to host 30 prospects for pre-draft visits.

Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt, Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief, South Carolina wide receiver Bruce Ellington and Minnesota safety Brock Vereen visited the Steelers last week.