If you saw the wildly popular Part I looking at half of the 10 undrafted free agents the Steelers signed in the hours after the draft ended Saturday, here are small breakdowns of the other half.
Looking at the past, you can expect maybe 2-3 of these 10 to appear in an NFL regular-season game, with maybe one sticking as a significant contributor. Not everyone is a James Harrison or a Willie Parker – but that doesn’t mean there can’t be a couple camp darlings who work their way into a regular-season role at some point.
DAVID REEVES, TE, Duke
What to know: Fifth-year senior made 35 starts in 53 games, catching 47 passes with seven touchdowns. Never had more than three receptions in a game, but at 6-5, 255, has NFL size.
Quotable from scouting report: “He does a better job blocking from the tight end position than from lining up at receiver.” – thedraftster.com
Chances of making the team: It’s a whole new (post-Heath Miller) world for the Steelers at tight end – but there’s enough in front of Reeves on the depth chart (Ladarius Green, Jesse James, Matt Spaeth and the intriguing Xavier Grimble) that the practice squad is his ceiling in 2016.
JAY ROME, TE, Georgia
What to know: Rome’s so good, he was signed by TWO teams! Anyway, he was a highly-coveted prospect coming out of high school who – production-wise – underachieved at Georgia (five starts, 38 catches in four seasons).
Quotable from scouting report: “Rome’s career has not met expectations… However, his NFL frame (6-6, 250) and athleticism are obvious, as he is a mismatch nightmare when he escapes down the seam, and he also has the short-area quickness to exploit second-level defenses.” – NFL.com
Chances of making the team: Barring injury, it’s likely the best Rome and Reeves can hope for this year is to scale Grimble on the depth chart and make it onto the practice squad. Rome and Grimble, at face value, appear to be clones.
QUINTON SCHOOLEY, C, North Carolina State
What to know: Schooley was a three-year starter for the Wolf Pack after spending a year in junior college. The numbers he reportedly posted in drills at his Pro Day weren’t out of line with what the interior linemen invited to the combine showed in Indianapolis.
Quotable from scouting report: “He’s been real tough… leader by example at center. He’s a guy who handles himself very professionally off the field… a father.” — N.C. State coach Dave Doeren (OK, not a scout, but the best I could find)
Chances of making the team: B.J. Finney was the only of a host of guards and centers the Steelers brought in last summer who stuck with the team. Like Finney last year, Schooley would be happy to stick on the practice squad.
CANAAN SEVERIN, WR, Virginia
What to know: Severin has good size (6-2, 205) and his reported 40 times (in the 4.5-4.6 range) aren’t terrible for a man his size. He also
was productive in college (second-team all-ACC as a senior) with 95 catches for 1,325 yards and 13 touchdowns over his final 24 games.
Quotable from scouting report: “He’s super intriguing, a big body WR with good hands and he dominates the catch point.” –Draftbreakdown.com
Chances of making the team: Severin might be the most highly-regarded of all the Steelers’ undrafted free agents, having been seen by many as a legitimate “sleeper” who could have been taken on Day 3 of the draft. With Demarcus Ayers viewed more as a pure returner (at least initially), Severin will join Eli Rogers and Shakim Phillips as those jockeying to be the No. 5 receiver option – a spot that likely carries with it a practice squad designation (assuming an Ayers or a Levi Norwood makes the team as a return specialist).
DEVAUNTE SIGLER, DL, Jacksonville State
What to know: A transfer from Auburn after being kicked off the team, Sigler (6-3, 290) was the Ohio Valley Conference’s defensive player of the year in 2014. But injuries marred most of last season.
Quotable from scouting report: “Sigler couldn’t stay on the field due to various injuries the past two seasons and although he put impressive flashes on tape, he wasn’t a consistent playmaker – projects as a potential NFL back-up who can round out a rotation.” –CBS’ NFLdaftscout
Chances of making the team: A lot was made about the lack of depth along the Steelers’ defensive line last season. Like all of his undrafted rookie brethren, Sigler faces long odds. But if L.T. Walton and Caushaud Lyons don’t show they made progress heading into their second years, who knows?