Steelers' pre-draft visits include safety, WR

PITTSBURGH -- A safety who is hoping to join his older brother in the NFL and a wide receiver who also excelled as a basketball player at South Carolina are among the players making pre-draft visits with the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

The Steelers are hosting Minnesota product Brock Vereen, whose brother Shane is a running back for the Patriots. Also visiting is Bruce Ellington, who started two seasons for the Gamecocks’ basketball team before deciding to focus on draft preparation.

Vereen, a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the conference coaches last season, had 56 tackles in 2013, intercepted a pass and broke up six others. The 6-foot, 199-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds at the NFL scouting combine. He also recorded 25 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.

Ellington does not have great size, but the 5-9, 197-pounder has excellent speed and quickness. Ellington caught 49 passes for 775 yards and eight touchdowns last season. He ran a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash at the combine and excelled in the shuttle runs.

His cousin, Andre, plays running back for the Arizona Cardinals.

Vereen is projected as a late-round pick while Ellington is projected to go as early as the third round.

The Steelers are allowed to host visits with 30 prospects in advance of the draft.

They met with Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk, Ole Miss wide receiver Donte Moncrief, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard and Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt this week