Let’s talk about rookies. Not just any rookies, but the rookies of the undrafted variety. The role of the undrafted rookie in the NFL simply cannot be understated. According to Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk in 2012, undrafted rookies had a significant impact on the league.
Last year, 37 percent of the 622 undrafted rookies signed by the 32 franchises won Week 1 jobs, either on the practice squad (131) or the 53-man roster (98).
Additionally, 17.3 percent of the entire league’s game-day rosters were composed of players who were not selected in any draft. This illustrates not only the value of these players, but also the imperfect science that is the NFL draft.
All this information gives hope that the Pittsburgh Steelers can pull a gem or two from this current crop of undrafted players. Let’s take a closer look at five.