Rookie minicamp roster announced

Senquez Golson is not eligible to participate.

When it comes to the subject of the rookie minicamp the Steelers will be staging over the weekend at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, the issue of whether Golson is eligible to take part always is foremost on the tongues of Steelers Nation. Alas, Golson isn't eligible.

There will be approximately 50 eligible players taking part in the three day's worth of meetings and in-shorts sessions on the grass, and the manner in which it's determined who is eligible is only slightly less complicated/secretive than the system used to award compensatory draft picks.

All of the Steelers' 2016 draft choices and the rookie free agents they signed after the draft are eligible to participate; any rookie who went undrafted and remains unsigned can be invited to participate on a tryout basis (there will be 16 of those); and then there are the guys who qualify based on not having earned even one season toward free agency and a pension, based on the rules outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Some other possible items of interest:

  • The quarterbacks will be Nick Arbuckle, a rookie from Georgia State; Dalyn Williams, a rookie from Dartmouth; and Jacob Huesman, a rookie from Tennessee-Chattanooga.
  • Some participating players who may be recognizable: WR Shakim Phillips, RB Cameron Stingily, S Jordan Dangerfield, C/G B.J. Finney, and TE Xavier Grimble.
  • CB Montell Garner, who most recently played for the Orlando Predators in Arena Football and reportedly signed a futures contract with the Steelers around the time free agency began, will take part this weekend. Prior to joining the Predators, Garner signed with the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted rookie in 2015. He attended training camp with the team and played in all four preseason games. Garner's college career began at Navarro Junior College and then included two seasons at South Alabama, where he had 114 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, with one sack, five interceptions, 14 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery.
  • In for the weekend as a tryout is safety Kelvin Fisher Jr., who played college football at UTEP. Kelvin Fisher Sr., currently the Buffalo Bills director of college scouting, worked in the Steelers personnel department from 2000-12.

2016 Rookie Minicamp Participants

No.NamePos.HtWtExp.*College
2-O Nick Arbuckle QB 6-1 215 R Georgia State
82 Demarcus Ayers WR 5-11 190 R Houston
16 Issac Blakeney WR 6-6 225 1 Duke
25 Artie Burns CB 6-0 197 R Miami (Fla.)
30-D Grant Campbell LB 6-1 230 R Baylor
37 Jordan Dangerfield S 5-11 199 1 Towson
28 Sean Davis S 6-1 202 R Maryland
42-O Matt Dooley LS 6-4 242 1 Indiana
6 Branden Dozier S 6-0 202 R Charlotte
14 Javien Elliott CB 5-11 176 R Florida State
41-D Travis Feeney LB 6-4 226 R Washington
71-O Matt Feiler OT 6-6 330 1 Bloomsburg
67 B.J. Finney C/G 6-4 318 1 Kansas State
5 Kelvin Fisher, Jr. S 5-11 200 R UTEP
40-D Montell Garner CB 5-11 188 1 South Alabama
85 Xavier Grimble TE 6-4 261 1 USC
42-D Jacob Hagen S 6-3 205 1 Liberty
62-O Wade Hansen OT 6-5 295 R Virginia Tech
79-D Javon Hargrave DT 6-2 305 R South Carolina State
65-O Jerald Hawkins OT 6-6 305 R LSU
65-D Lavon Hooks DT 6-3 312 1 Mississippi
8-O Jacob Huesman QB 6-2 220 R Tennessee-Chattanooga
39-O Brandon Johnson RB 6-2 228 R Penn State
33 Cory Magwood LB 6-2 228 R Furman
79-O Justin Malone G 6-7 320 R Mississippi State
64-O Cole Manhart G 6-4 298 1 Nebraska-Kearney
46-D Tyler Matakevich LB 6-1 235 R Temple
57-O Michael Matulis G 6-5 293 R South Carolina
62-D Johnny Maxey DE 6-5 283 R Mars Hill
57-D Tyriq McCord LB 6-3 241 R Miami (Fla.)
69-O Brian Mihalik OT 6-9 302 1 Boston College
2-D Will Monday P 6-4 210 R Duke
54 Aaron Morris G 6-5 313 R Mississippi
71-D Khaynin Mosley-Smith DE 6-0 305 R Pittsburgh
64-D Giorgio Newberry DE 6-6 295 R Florida State
3 Cheatham Norrils CB 6-0 195 R Toledo
18 Levi Norwood WR 6-0 197 1 Baylor
45 Jamal Palmer LB 6-3 250 R Baylor
15 Tobais Palmer WR 5-11 178 1 North Carolina State
41-O Gus Penning TE 6-6 250 R Baylor
19 Shakim Phillips WR 6-2 204 1 Boston College
69-D Roy Philon DT 6-3 291 1 Louisville
49 Christian Powell RB 6-0 235 R Colorado
46-O David Reeves TE 6-5 255 R Duke
48 Jay Rome TE 6-6 250 R Georgia
61-O Quinton Schooley C 6-4 298 R North Carolina State
83 Canaan Severin WR 6-2 205 R Virginia
44 Al-Hajj Shabazz CB 6-2 200 1 West Chester (PA)
61-D Devaunte Sigler DT 6-3 290 R Jacksonville State
30-O Cameron Stingily RB 6-1 245 1 Northern Illinois
87 Marcus Tucker WR 5-10 190 R Northern Michigan
39-D Ray Vinopal S 5-10 197 1 Pittsburgh
9 Donald Washington CB 6-0 197 4 Ohio State
4 Dalyn Williams QB 6-0 215 R Dartmouth

** Experience includes 2016 Season
O = White Jersey
D = Gold Jersey

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