Pittsburgh Steelers sign Pitt TE Scott Orndoff as undrafted free agent
PITTSBURGH — Five Pitt players were selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, but tight end Scott Orndoff didn’t hear his name called.
The disappointment didn’t last long.
The Steelers signed Orndoff (6-5, 255) as an undrafted free agent. He joins teammate James Conner, who the Steelers took in the third round.
Beyond blessed for this opportunity I’ve been given! Now the real work begins. #HereWeGo
— Scott Orndoff (@Orndoff8471) April 29, 2017
Orndoff caught 35 passes for 579 yards and five touchdowns in 2016. As a junior in 2015, he caught 13 passes for 244 yards and five touchdowns, an average of 18.8 yards per catch.
“Now the real work begins,” Orndoff wrote on Instagram, “and nothing is guaranteed, but I’m excited for the opportunity to play for the team I’ve cheered for since I was born! Proud to be a Steeler! #HereWeGo”
NFL.com’s draft evaluation read in part:
Blocking tight end whose yards per catch numbers do not represent his vertical ability. Orndoff will struggle to get open, but can make contested catches and function as a play-action threat near the end zone. He does have the size and desire to become an NFL blocker who might improve a rushing attack that is soft on the edge.