Following the 2017 National Football League Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers came to terms with nine rookie free agents. They will compete with the eight rookies selected in the draft along with veterans to claim a place on the 53-man roster this summer.
Looking at the talent in their region, the Black and Gold added from the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, tight end Scott Orndoff and defensive back Terrish Webb. Orndoff hauled in 35 passes his senior year for 579 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-5, 253-pound prospect is from Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
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Webb started all 13 contests for the Blue and Gold in 2016 and contributed 45 solo tackles and assisted on 21 stops for a total of 66. His one interception came in the 28-7 victory over the Villanova University Wildcats. Webb is from Clairton, PA.
Ethan Cooper displayed his versatility on the offensive line at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-2, 322-pound lineman, was an All-American and first-team All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference as a left guard his junior year in 2015 and as a right tackle in 2016. Before the 2017 draft, the young man from Steelton, PA was rated the 19th-best offensive guard by ESPN.com.
A pair of West Virginia Mountaineers caught the Steelers attention. Defensive tackle Christian Brown owned a total of 35 tackles on 19 solo stops and assisted on 16 more. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman from Fort Meyers, Florida, added two fumble recoveries and blocked a kick during the 2016 campaign. Several scouts liked his ability to find running backs promptly, and his attempts to match their gap selection.
In 10 games his senior year for the Old Gold and Blue, Rushel Shell III recorded 514 yards on 113 carries and five touchdowns. The 5-foot-9, 227-pound running back who hails from Hopewell, PA tallied 100 receiving yards on 12 catches. Shell’s stats suffered last season because of an ankle injury.
Pittsburgh also signed 6-foot-3, 287-pound defensive tackle Nelson Adam from Mississippi State; Francis Kallon, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound defensive end at Georgia Tech; Keith Kelsey a 6-foot, 233-pound linebacker out of Louisville; and Clemson’s Nick Schuessler, a 6-foot-3, 196-pound quarterback.
From The Clipboard: With the addition of two quarterbacks over the weekend of the 2017 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh released veteran signal caller Zach Mettenberger. The Steelers added Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the fourth round and brought in Schueller as a rookie free agent.
Per Alex Iniguez of the Post-Gazette, the Steelers asked Pitt Panther placekicker Chris Blewitt to be part of their rookie minicamp on May 12-14 at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
Hall of Famer Joe Greene is hosting the inaugural Chuck Noll Foundation Charity Walk Saturday, July 29 at Saint Vincent College. The event benefits the Chuck Noll Foundation for Brain Injury Research which began last November to aid research and education about brain injuries and care of sports-related concussions.
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