Ranking all 10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers undrafted rookie signings
By Andrew Falce
Steelers UDFA #1
As already stated, the Steelers need some help at edge rusher, and they have not added a great reserve name there so far this off-season. It just so happened that their best-undrafted rookie happens to be a surprisingly productive edge rusher from Texas A&M. Tyree Johnson lacks the ability to be a typical starter, but he could become a situational pass rusher.
Johnson uses his shorter stature to get around offensive tackles well. He has a good bend around the edge and has a decent set of pass rush moves. He can have a role as early as year one due to his pass-rush ability. His lack of length and mediocre run-stopping ability is his main issue. He will likely never be able to be a full-time starter given his size issues.
There is a good chance that Johnson can become a good pass rusher and special teams player at the next level. That screams backup edge rusher for the Steelers. The odds of him actually becoming more than a depth player doesn’t seem great, but the team may have found some good depth in Johnson. At a minimum, he has the best odds to stick out of any of the undrafted free agents.
The Steelers draft concluded with them signing ten additional undrafted free agents. While none of these names are supreme talents, some of them have the potential to be quality depth players for this team. Keep these ten players in mind as the team prepares for the remainder of their offseason program.