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Steelers meet CB Jenkins, WR Simpson |

Steelers meet CB Jenkins, WR Simpson

| Friday, April 18, 2008 12:00 a.m

The Steelers had their last two visits from college prospects Thursday as part of their final preparations for next weekend’s NFL Draft.

South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins and Coastal Carolina wide receiver Jerome Simpson met with Steelers coaches at the team’s South Side facility.

Jenkins, a projected first-round pick, is one of the top cornerbacks in a draft class that is loaded with them. The 5-foot-10, 197-pounder had three interceptions and 12 pass deflections for the Bulls last season.

The 6-2, 199-pound Simpson caught 27 touchdown passes during his junior and senior seasons and could be a small-school find.

The Steelers hosted more than 30 prospects at their facility. The NFL allows 30 players in for visits before the draft, but local players don’t count toward that total.

In addition to Jenkins, the Steelers visited with a number of players who could be taken in the first round. That group includes Virginia guard/tackle Branden Albert, Boston College offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus, Oklahoma wide receiver Malcolm Kelly, Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo, Oregon running back Jonathan Stewart and Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib.

The first two rounds of the draft will be held April 26, and the final five rounds will be conducted the following day.

The Steelers have six picks in this year’s draft. They are without a seventh-rounder, having traded it to Atlanta last year for return specialist Allen Rossum.

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