The Pittsburgh Steelers made a roster move on Wednesday and it included one of their 2015 draft picks being promoted from the team’s practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Cornerback Doran Grant, who was drafted by the Steelers this year in the fourth round out of Ohio State, was signed to the team’s 53 man roster after spending the first eight games on the practice squad.
We have promoted CB Doran Grant to the active roster, & released WR Tyler Murphy.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 4, 2015
To make room for Grant on the roster, quarterback/wide receiver Tyler Murphy was waived. He will more than likely be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers. He was signed from the practice squad to the 53-man roster the Saturday prior to the Steelers Week 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The timing of this move is curious so there’s probably a good chance that another team tried to poach Grant off of the Steelers practice squad as those kind of moves are usually made by teams out of the playoff hunt. However, the Steelers only had four cornerbacks on their 53-man roster prior to this transaction as Cortez Allen was placed on the Reserve/Injured list as part of the move that included Murphy being promoted.
During the preseason, Grant recorded 6 total tackles on defense in addition to two others on special teams.