Predicting the roster odds of the Steelers eight undrafted free agents

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North Texas Mean Green wide receiver Rico Bussey Jr. (8) Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports /

While all can be considered longshots, each of the Steelers’ undrafted rookies has a path to the 2021 roster, no matter how slim.

There is little better than when a team uncovers a diamond in the rough through the undrafted pool of players, they bring in. The Steelers have found quite a few stars as undrafted free agents and have had countless contributors come from signings after the draft. While it is far too early to tell what the 2021 undrafted pool will do, their odds of cracking the roster are easier to predict. Here are the odds each of the Steelers’ undrafted rookies make the active roster in 2021.

Steelers Rico Bussey

Roster odds: 5%

One of the least talked about players of this group, Rico Bussey has the unenviable task of trying to make the roster despite five of the roster spots being filled. Assuming the Steelers even keep six receivers (something they didn’t do last season), Bussey still finds himself on the outside looking in. Even if the practice squad is the more realistic route for him, the competition there will likely be fierce.

The real issue with Bussey is that he will need to do something other than be a receiving threat to have a chance at making the team. He doesn’t have the typical size that you would want in a coverage special teams’ option, and he only returned two career kicks while in college. Unless he makes himself uncuttable, the odds he cracks the 53-man roster are slim. While still not great, the practice squad could be a more viable route. Again, it will take an extremely impressive camp for Bussey to remain with the Steelers in any capacity in 2021.