Steelers host cornerback Jason Verrett

The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to examine the best cornerbacks in this year's draft, playing host to TCU's Jason Verrett on a pre-draft visit Monday.

Verrett is considered a top-five cornerback in this draft, and he could be taken as early as the bottom half of the first round. It's likely a stretch for the Steelers to select him at No. 15.

If Verrett slid into the second round, he would be a possibility for the Steelers, even though the team typically doesn't address the cornerback position until the middle rounds. Cornerback is a need for the Steelers because 33-year-old Ike Taylor is heading into the final year of his contract. Verrett totaled 43 passes defended and nine interceptions in three productive years at TCU.

The Steelers had Darqueze Dennard, one of the most highly rated cornerbacks, in for a pre-draft visit earlier this month.

The Steelers also brought in Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton and Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson for pre-draft visits Monday. It's a surprise to see Crichton meeting with the Steelers because he projects to be a defensive end in a 4-3 defense. He has limited experience in dropping into coverage, and he's not seen as an ideal fit for an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense like the one the Steelers employ.

A second-round prospect, Crichton finished with 7.5 sacks last season. He was recently rated as the seventh-best defensive end by Mel Kiper.

Richardson is projected to go in the fifth round. He's a long-armed defender who had some inconsistencies in coverage last season.