Ranking the entire Steelers undrafted rookie class

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6. Jordan Byrd, RB/RET, San Diego St.

This is a name I have seen a lot of fans get behind since his signing was announced. While Jordan Byrd flashes good burst and the ability to make guys miss, he is a very undersized player with lackluster offensive play.

Byrd played for five seasons and only amassed 1572 all-purpose yards. He never became a true starting running back, instead serving as a gadget player and backup running back on offense. His lack of size makes it likely that he won’t be in line for an increased role at the next level, as I doubt he will be able to take that kind of punishment given his frame.

Byrd has a role as a returner given his ability to field both punts and kicks. While he has some fun tape there, the fact that he seems limited to only being a returner makes his professional case that much harder to get behind. With returns being phased out, you need to be more than just a return man in the modern NFL.

Unless he completely surpasses expectations and becomes a capable offensive threat, I just don’t see how you can warrant a roster spot to a player like Byrd. He will get some looks in camp, but unless he makes himself uncuttable due to his ability in the return game, I don’t foresee him having much of an impact.