As is the case every year, once the draft comes to an end, there are many players still looking for a home. Usually, those undrafted players quickly sign with a team and get ready to go to work. Often times it is better for a player to go undrafted instead of getting picked in the final round. Players can assess their situation and see if a team has a need at their position or has shown a lot of interest in them. In some cases, players simply choose to stay closer to home. Obviously, the majority of undrafted free agents don’t make it, but there are still plenty who have made an impact.
Here’s a list of who the Pittsburgh Steelers signed as part of their undrafted free agent haul:
Chris Elkins, C, Youngstown State
Mike Franklin, DT, Shepherd
Ethan Hemero, DL, Wisconsin
Howard Jones, LB, Shepherd
Brendon Kay, QB, Cincinnati
Josh Mauro, DE, Stanford
Terrance Owens, QB, Toledo
Will Simmons, OT, East Carolina
Eric Waters, TE, Missouri
Not everyone is going to end up being signed, as some are just going to be tryouts and nothing else. But they’re all names to keep an eye on as you never know who will pop.