The 2021 NFL Draft is drawing around, which is as fitting a time as any to get a glimpse back again at the rookie season of the Pittsburgh Steelers class from the 2020 NFL Draft. When draft examination starts as quickly as the decide is in, we now have a year’s really worth of knowledge on these gamers to acquire far more powerful perception.
Around the training course of the subsequent numerous times, I will be providing an evaluation of every single rookie that the Steelers drafted, while also noting any undrafted free agents that had been in a position to adhere all over. This will not involve the likes of J.C Hassenauer and Henry Mondeaux, simply because while the 2020 season was their first to accrue, they have been not real rookies, but relatively to start with-calendar year gamers.
The Steelers went into the 2020 NFL Draft with just 6 options, like no very first-round select following working it in 2019 to the Dolphins for Minkah Fitzpatrick. They gained a third-round compensatory pick for the loss of Le’Veon Bell. Their normal third-round decide was traded away the calendar year right before to go up for Devin Bush.
They swapped fifth- and sixth-round picks with Miami for fourth- and seventh-spherical picks, whilst they despatched their past fifth-round decide on to the Seahawks for Nick Vannett. Their other fifth-round choose, which they dealt to Miami, came from the Jaguars in trade for Joshua Dobbs.
Continuing a recent pattern, the course has verified to be leading-major in terms of early benefits, even though there are continue to possibilities for people selected by them in the later rounds of the draft to acquire into bigger contributors as very well.
Participant: Corliss Waitman
Draft Status: Undrafted
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While the Steelers only had six picks in the 2020 NFL Draft, they even now employed up 10 roster spots to indicator faculty free of charge agents to contracts. Of individuals authentic 10, 4 used some quantity of time with the group for the duration of the standard time last year, principally on the exercise squad.
3 of them still continue being on Pittsburgh’s 2021 offseason roster, which include Corliss Waitman, who experienced the most uninterrupted tenure of the group shorter of Florida Atlantic cornerback James Pierre, who not only designed the 53-male roster but played in each individual recreation.
Of study course, experienced this been fundamentally any other yr, Waitman probably spends zero meaningful time with the workforce. But simply because of the Covid-19 pandemic and expanded apply squads, a whole lot of groups had been carrying additional experts on the practice squad, which was considerably exceptional beforehand.
Presented his ability to also do kickoffs and do a little bit of subject target kicking, Waitman was noticed as significantly beneficial as a observe squad selection in the even that a little something might happen to punter Dustin Colquitt (who was later introduced in favor of Jordan Berry) or kicker Chris Boswell.
The Steelers did, on the other hand, decide to carry back Berry when they turned absent from Colquitt. And when Boswell skipped time, they signed Matthew Wright to kick industry goals, who had hardly ever been on a roster right before.
Nevertheless, Berry performed serviceably when he was brought back, and Wright made all of his kicks, and is now on the Detroit Lions with a probability to compete for a position this offseason. Waitman is even now on the roster and could probably contend with Berry for the punter career.