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Steelers notebook: Team interviews DBs ahead of NFL Draft

With the NFL Draft less than four weeks away, the Steelers on Friday began hosting predraft visits at their South Side practice facility, and they started with their most glaring need: the secondary.

The Steelers brought in Miami (Fla.) safety Deon Bush, Duke safety Jeremy Cash and Georgia Tech cornerback David White. They also hosted LSU offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins.

Cash is being projected as a second-day pick and could go as high as the second round. Cash (6-foot, 212 pounds) is projected to be a second-round pick. He played mostly near the line of scrimmage as a run-stopping strong safety.

White and Hawkins are considered mid-round picks, and Bush is considered to be a late-rounder.

The Steelers can host up to 30 predraft visitors.

During the past three years, 15 of the Steelers’ 26 draft picks were brought in for such visits, including four last year: Senquez Golson, Doran Grant, Jesse James (unofficial) and Sammie Coates.

Offseason schedule announced

The Steelers’ three-month vacation quickly is coming to an end.

The team will begin the first phase of their offseason program April 18 and will return to the field for voluntary practices a little more than a month later.

The schedule for the offseason workout program, a voluntary nine-week period involving limited activities, will stretch until June 16, the Steelers announced Friday.

The offseason program has three phases. Phase 1 is strength and conditioning for a two-week span. The team can specify a player be at the facility only for a two-hour span. Phase 2 lasts three weeks and includes individual, on-field workouts that can include coaches. Phase 3 includes organized team activities (OTAs) during which, according to the NFL, teams can conduct 7-on-7, 9-on-9 and 11-on-11 drills.

The Steelers will hold a rookie minicamp May 6-8 that will include rookies, first-year players and those on a tryout basis. They will conduct three weeks of OTAs — May 24-26, May 31-June 2 and June 6-9 — before ending spring practices with a three-day, mandatory minicamp June 14-16.

The team then will be off until the start of training camp late in July.

Mark Kaboly is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at [email protected] or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.


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Miami safety Deon Bush (left) was one of three defensive backs the Steelers hosted Friday.
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Steelers tight end Jesse James goes through drills during practice at training camp Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015 at St. Vincent in Latrobe.
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