Pittsburgh Steelers load up on local undrafted rookie free agents
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ draft day didn’t end with their seventh-round pick.
They signed nine undrafted free agents, maxing out the team’s roster at 90 players with the draft picks not signed. General manager Kevin Colbert said currently rostered players will be released as draft picks get signed because they view undrafted rookie free agents as improvements.
Here’s who they’re trying to improve with beyond the draft:
Scott Orndoff, TE, Pitt
The Waynesburg native and Seton-La Salle alum projects as a blocking tight end.
Francis Kallon, DE, Georgia Tech
He was a very late pre-draft visitor.
Rushel Shell, RB, West Virginia
Steelers snag another local with the Hopewell native and one-time UCLA recruit.
Nelson Adams, DT, Mississippi State
He’ll be depth behind Stephon Tuitt, Cameron Heyward and Tyson Alualu, at best.
Christian Brown, DT, West Virginia
Ethan Cooper, G, Indiana (PA)
The CD East star heads slightly further West.
Nick Schuessler, QB, Clemson
DeShaun Watson’s backup will be a camp arm.
Terrish Webb, DB, Pitt
The Steelers now have three former Panthers.
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Steelers 2017 NFL Draft picks
1st round: No. 30 overall – T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
2nd round: No. 62 overall – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
3rd round: No. 94 overall – Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
No. 105 overall – James Conner, RB, Pitt
4th round: No. 135 overall – Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
5th round: No. 173 overall – Brian Allen, CB, Utah
6th round: No. 213 overall – Colin Holba, LS, Louisville
7th round: No. 248 overall – Keion Adams, OLB, Western Michigan
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