4 outsiders who could end up on Steelers roster in 2021

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DB Stephen Denmark

Here’s a player who has barely garnered so much as a whisper this offseason. Stephen Denmark is a former 7th-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2019 but has never yet suited up for an NFL game. He will be looking to change that this year on the Steelers.

Denmark is listed on the Steelers roster with a general positional title as a defensive back. However, he was a cornerback in college. Despite coming from Valdosta State, Denmark earned enough recognition to get himself drafted in 2019.

This probably had something to do with his freakish size and plus athletic traits. According to Relative Athletic Score, Denmark measured in at his Pro Day at over 6’2” and 220 pounds. That’s huge for a college cornerback. In addition, he tested as nearly a 94th percentile athlete – earning an eye-popping 43.5” vertical and 10’10” broad jump to go with his 4.46 speed.

Time could be ticking on Denmark’s chances to stick on an NFL roster, but with the Steelers lacking depth at both cornerback and safety this year, maybe Pittsburgh finds a role for him. Denmark has the size and traits to play multiple positions in the secondary.

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When the roster is finally set in stone, we will know which of these players (if any) will be sticking around for the 2021 season. Keep an eye on these four Steelers in training camp this year.