Two more names to throw at you that will be attending this year’s Pittsburgh Steelers’ rookie minicamp. And surprise, surprise, they’re another pair of local players.
Pittsburgh safety Reggie Mitchell and Cal (PA) corner Aaron Terry have been invited as tryouts.
Congrats to @regmitch5 on being invited to @steelers Rookie Minicamp! #H2P pic.twitter.com/OpHYrcvyRh
— Pat Narduzzi (@CoachDuzzPittFB) May 1, 2017
Congratulations to former Vulcan Arron Terry for being invited to participate in the mini camp with the Steelers. We are proud of you!
— Cal Vulcans Football (@vulcansfootball) May 1, 2017
Mitchell (5’11 188) recorded 132 tackles in his time at Pitt but failed to pick off a pass and forced just two fumbles, both coming in 2013. He began his career at Wisconsin before transferring after the 2012 season, forcing him to sit out a year. He made four starts at strong safety as a senior. Mitchell is a Pittsburgh guy through and through, attending Shady Side Academy in high school.
Terry (5’11 204) ended 2016 with 44 tackles, six for a loss, and three interceptions. He had a nose for the ball in college, intercepting 13 career passes. He also returned punts, finishing with a healthy 13.2 career average. But he tested poorly at his Pro Day workout, running a 4.63, jumping 29.5 inches, and turning in a 7.32 three cone.
Both those players will compete for a contract during the Steelers’ three day rookie minicamp next week. Generally, 1-2 players end up going from tryout to 90 man roster whether that’s due to strong play or injuries from a UDFA/futures contract.
UPDATE: Kicker Chris Blewitt has also been invited to camp. He struggled last year, converting on just 10 of 18 kicks.
Iowa State NT Demond Tucker has been invited to camp. Named second team All-Big 12 last year, he recorded 45 tackles for the Cyclones in his senior season. He started 23 games at nose tackle in his two years with the team after transferring from a JUCO.
Standing at just 5’11 303, he ran a 5.17 at his Pro Day, put up 24 reps on the bar, and timed 7.84 in the three cone.
Add Miami (OH) wide receiver Rokeem Williams to the list as well.
At 5’11/6 200 pounds, he ran a 4.62 40 at the Redhawks’ Pro Day. Jumped 35 inches in the vert and 10’4″ in the broad. he caught 26 passes for 501 yards and three scores last year. His best season came in 2014 where he hauled in 35 passes for over 600 yards and another three scores.
You can now add Tulane guard Chris Taylor to the list of players being brought in for a tryout during the rookie minicamp.
Taylor started in 42 of his 48 career games at Tulane with 39 consecutive starts on the offensive line where he played both guard positions. He measured in at his pro day at 6024, 330-pounds and he did 22 reps on the bench.
Couple more names coming in. UL-Lafayette NT Karmichael Dunbar has been invited to rookie minicamp.
He had 40 tackles and two sacks as a senior. Mainly a defensive linemen in his career, he spent some time on the offensive line as a sophomore. At 6’1/5 307, he ran a 5.61 50 and 29 inch broad at his Pro Day. Put up 25 reps on the bench.
Eighth known invite to Steelers’ camp: Columbia OT Kendall Pace.
39 career starts, most coming at left tackle. Began his college career at 17, meaning he’s somewhere around 20 or 21 years old today.
Marshall H-Back Emanuel Byrd is also attending Steelers’ camp, making him the 9th known player. For reference, the team had 16 tryouts last year.
Standing at 6’2 239, he ran a 4.66 at his Pro Day. He caught 26 passes and three touchdowns for Marshall in 2016, mostly being used as a blocker.