Which Steelers undrafted rookies have the best chance to make the team?

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1. Steelers EDGE David Perales

The final Steelers undrafted free agent who I believe stands a shot at cracking the 53-man roster and making the team is David Perales. The former Fresno State edge defender had an uber-productive college career -- earning 38.0 tackles for a loss and 23.0 sacks in three seasons. His best season came in 2022 when he earned 16.0 TFLs and 11.5 sacks in 14 games.

If college production was the only thing that mattered, Perales certainly would have been drafted. However, some concerning size measurables athletic traits caused him to fall out of the draft entirely. At his Pro Day, Perales measured in at just 6'2'' and 248 pounds with 32'' arms. He paired these unspectacular weigh-in numbers with a dismal 5.04 40-yard dash (1.74 10-yard split).

Collectively, Perales tested as just a 34th percentile athlete, according to his Relative Athletic Score. This is far less than ideal and really limits his upside, but the Steelers don't need a starter at the position with T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith on the roster. They are simply looking for depth to round out their roster.

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Assuming Nick Herbig makes the team and is labeled as an outside linebacker for the Steelers, Perales' main competition for a final roster spot would be Quincy Roche -- a player who was already cut and later picked back up by the Steelers. Obviously, this could change if a veteran EDGE is added, but for now, there's a path for David Perales to make the Steelers roster.