The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t select a safety in this year’s draft but on Monday the team signed another one to the roster that went undrafted.
We have agreed to terms with S P.J. Locke.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 29, 2019
According to the Steelers, former Texas safety P.J. Locke III, who went undrafted this year, has now signed with the team.
After not getting invited to the scouting combine this year, Locke measured in at his pro day at 5102, 202-pounds with 31-inch arms and 9 3/8-inch hands. He ran his 40-yard dash in 4.57-seconds at his pro day in addition to doing 22 reps on the bench and registering a vertical jump of 36-inches and a broad jump of 10’00”. His short-shuttle time was 4.26-seconds and his 3-cone time was 7.13-seconds.
“I’m a safety that can cover like a corner and hit like a linebacker,” Locke said at the Texas pro day. “Wherever you want to play me, I can play there — I’ve got experience at every position, so I’m not worried. If it’s just about getting my feet wet again and going to play corner, I can play corner. I’ve got the speed, I showcased that today, and I’ve got the agility.”
During his career at Texas, Locke played in 48 games and started 31 times. He registered 163 total tackles of which 11 resulted in lost yardage. He also had 3 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 15 total passes defensed during his college career.
Locke certainly appears to be one of the better undrafted free agents signed by the team this year and it won’t be surprising to learn that he received the biggest signing bonus of this year’s group. While he obviously still has a lot to prove during the remainder of the offseason, Locke probably has the easiest path to the Steelers initial 53-man roster this year when it comes to the group of undrafted and futures players signed so far by the team.