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The Steelers have a pretty good track record with undrafted free agents, so these announcements come with much anticipation each year. So far, the team has picked up nine, including:

LS Mark Estermyer (Pitt)
LB Tom Korte (Hillsdale College)
T Ramon Foster (Tennessee)
QB Mike Reilly (Central Washington)
WR Tyler Grisham (Clemson)
S Derrick Richardson (New Mexico State)
LB Andy Schantz (Portland State)
WR Demiko Goodman (Georgia)
QB Kevin McCabe (Virginia) [As readers have pointed out and I neglected to mention, McCabe played at Pine Richland HS and threw TDs to Pirate prospect Neil Walker. And he graduated from Cal U, not UVA. He started out at UVA and transferred to Cal.]

OL C.J. Davis became the latest Pitt Panther to catch on, landing with Carolina. Also, former Pitt DL Rashad Duncan signed with Tampa Bay. WVU guard Greg Isdaner was signed by Dallas, and fellow lineman Ryan Stanchek signed with Atlanta. As far as the Nittany Lions, DE Maurice Evans went to the Giants, DE Josh Gaines signed with Philly, WR Jordan Norwood was picked up by Cleveland, safety Mark Rubin signed with St. Louis, and LB Tyrell Sales went to Indy.

Some notables from around the league:
Missouri QB Chase Daniel - Washington
Boise State RB Ian Johnson (the proposal guy) - Minnesota
Michigan State QB Brian Hoyer - New England
Alabama QB John Parker Wilson - Atlanta
Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell - Cleveland
Samford QB Alex Mortensen (Chris Mortensen's son) - Tennessee

and Texas WR Quan Cosby, who watched the draft with Bill Cosby only to get drafted by no one, finally got picked Cincinnati.

2009 Steelers Undrafted Free Agent Signings
[Steelers Depot]

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Dave said...

I graduated from Clemson a year ago, so I'm pretty familiar with Tyler Grisham. His best comparison (not just because he's white) is Wes Welker. Not too big or fast, has good hands and is able to find the soft spot in zone coverage.

He has the kind of attitude to become a cult icon in the 'Burgh, as he is a tireless worker. Will he catch on? Honestly I don't think so, but he would be a good practice squadder. If he can add Punt returning to his repertoire, he will become much more valuable.

Unknown said...

Isn't Mike Reilly the one that Jaws was gushing over all yesterday afternoon?

RedHawks Hockey said...

@roy hobbs - yes.

BurressWithButterflywings said...

HAHA i was thinking the same thing when I read his name there.

If Jaws was an NFL GM he would have picked that kid ahead Matt Stafford and Dirty Sanchez.

Anonymous said... actually ranked Kevin McCabe one spot higher than JaMarcus Russell coming out of high school. Hard to believe.