CB Bradley Roby visiting Steelers

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are meeting with a potential first-round pick and two other defensive players Friday at team headquarters.

Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby, Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford and Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis are the Steelers’ latest pre-draft visitors with Roby projected as a first- or second-round pick.

Roby may be the most talented cornerback in the draft but he had an up-and-down season in 2013 and didn’t play in the Buckeyes’ season opener because of a suspension stemming from an offseason arrest.

The 5-11, 194-pounder recorded 68 tackles and intercepted three passes last season, and he boosted his stock by running the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds at the NFL scouting combine.

ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Roby as the fourth-best cornerback in the draft behind Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert, Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard and TCU’s Jason Verrett.

Bradford recorded 18 tackles for losses and 8 ½ sacks in 2013 for Arizona State, and the 6-1, 250-pounder could play inside or outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. Pierre-Louis also had a productive season in 2013 as he recorded 108 tackles, six sacks and an interception.

The 6-1, 232-pounder does not have great size but he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds at the combine.

The Steelers are allowed to host 30 out-of-area prospects for pre-draft prospects.

They met with Louisville safety Calvin Pryor, Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier, UCLA linebacker Jordan Zumwalt and Washington State safety Deone Bucannon earlier this week.