Pittsburgh Steelers Post-Draft Undrafted Free Agent Wish List
One of the more interesting developments that has come from the NFL draft is the period of undrafted free-agent signings.
Every year, teams immediately flock to the undrafted pool of players following the seventh and final round trying to find the next diamond in the rough. Most of these guys will never see the field and be cut before camp starts.
But some guys will sneak through and carve out solid careers in the NFL. Some may even become household names. Either way, it's one of the most interesting processes of the NFL offseason.
Let's take a look at some guys the Steelers should be interested in signing following the draft.
Chase Thomas / OLB / Stanford
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The Steelers did a great job of grabbing Jarvis Jones in the first round to address the need at outside linebacker, but they still lack some depth.
Jones will compete with Jason Worilds and LaMarr Woodley will hold down the the left side. But beyond those three players, there's no one really else who's proven himself to be a player at this level.
Stanford's Chase Thomas compiled 27.5 sacks in this four years as a Cardinal, and it's a small miracle he's still around for the picking. Personally, I didn't think he'd make it past the fourth round.
The Steelers would be wise to jump on a smart player like Thomas and add some good depth to their linebacking corps.
Kevin Reddick / ILB / North Carolina
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Pittsburgh could use a player like Reddick inside. Although it's been favoring the smaller linebackers to play inside, Reddick would be a nice fit behind Larry Foote as a run defender and pass-rusher.
Apparently I'm much higher than most on Reddick because there's no way I would've let this guy out of the fifth round. The Steelers should at least give him a look.
Tony Jefferson / S / Oklahoma
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I'm amazed that Tony Jefferson is still available after this draft.
Jefferson is a little smaller than most would like to see in a starting safety in the NFL, but the guy can flat-out play. And despite drafting Shamarko Thomas in the fourth round, Pittsburgh could still use help at safety.
I mocked Jefferson to the Steelers in the fourth and later fifth round thinking he'd drop, but never go undrafted. The Steelers have a great opportunity right here to help out their roster.
Da'Rick Rogers / WR / Tennessee Tech
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Maybe the most talented receiver in the entire draft, Da'Rick Rogers goes undrafted. I actually understand this one, however.
Rogers was a stud in the making at Tennessee before being booted from the school for "violating team rules" (aka failed drug tests). He landed at Tennessee Tech and had a great senior campaign. But apparently the off-field concerns were too much for NFL teams.
Rogers is big and explosive. That's a combination the Steelers don't have. They drafted two receivers so they obviously don't care for him, but they should take a low-risk shot on a high-upside player.
Kwame Geathers / NT / Georgia
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Pittsburgh did a good job of filling needs in this draft but didn't spend a pick on a nose tackle even after Casey Hampton was let go. Currently the Steelers have Steve McLendon and Alameda Ta'amu.
McLendon might be better suited to play DE for the Steelers, and Ta'amu is already on thin ice with the team.
Geathers played against some of the best competition in the country and knows how to eat up space. He's worth a flier that wouldn't cost the Steelers much at all.
Joseph Fauria / TE / UCLA
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UCLA's Joseph Fauria is a playmaker, simply put. And that's something the Steelers don't really have from the tight end position.
Heath Miller is a great all-around receiver, and at this point Matt Spaeth and David Paulson are mostly blockers. Fauria could add a nice development to this offense.
Fauria has zero blocking skills and would be just a receiver, but he could develop into a nice weapon for Pittsburgh if the Steelers give him a chance.