Rookie minicamp roster is announced

Beginning on Friday approximately 50 players, all who are either rookies or select first-year players, will take part in the Steelers three-day rookie minicamp.

It will be the first chance for the coaches to see the team's eight draft picks in action, as well as the nine rookie free agents the team signed after the draft.

The team can also invite any rookie who went undrafted and hasn't signed with a team to take part on a tryout basis.

Some things to keep an eye on:

  • There will be some local college flavor on display, including six players from the University of Pittsburgh, third-round draft pick James Conner, as well as tight end Scott Orndoff and safety Terrish Webb, who were both signed as rookie free agents after the draft. Three other Pitt players, kicker Chris Blewitt, linebacker Matt Galambos, and safety Reggie Mitchell, were invited to take part on a tryout basis.
  • Other players with local college ties include West Virginia running back Rushel Shell, who is from Hopewell, Pa., and defensive end Christian Brown, also from WVU; as well as Indiana University of Pa. guard Ethan Cooper, all rookie free agents the team signed after the draft.
  • There will be three quarterbacks participating, fourth-round draft pick Joshua Dobbs from Tennessee, undrafted rookie free agent Nick Schuessler from Clemson, and Dillon Buechel, who is from McKees Rocks, Pa., and played at Duquesne University and will be there on a tryout basis.
  • The following players with local connections will take part on a tryout basis: safety Aaron Terry and tight end Paul Butler, who attended California University of Pa.; wide receiver Corey Jones, a Pittsburgh native who attended Toledo; linebacker T.J. Neal, a McKeesport, Pa. native who played at Auburn; running back Wayne Capers, who is from Pittsburgh and played at Duquesne University; and offensive tackle Dylan Colucci, who is from Latrobe, Pa. and played at Youngstown State.
  • For two players taking part it's a Steelers' family affair. Linebacker Akil Blount, a first-year player who was signed this offseason, is the son of Hall of Fame cornerback Mel Blount. Kevin Hart, a wide receiver from Coach Mike Tomlin's alma mater William & Mary, is the son of Steelers' Vice President Mark Hart, and scouts saw him when he took part in Pitt's Pro Day at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. He has been invited to take part on a tryout basis.

2017 Rookie Minicamp Roster

2-OMarcel NewsonWR5-10199RMississipi College
2-DA.J. HughesP6-02001Virginia Tech
3Aaron TerryS6-0202RCalifornia (PA)
4-ORokeem WilliamsWR6-0200RMiami (OH)
4-DReggie MitchellS5-11188RPittsburgh
5Joshua DobbsQB6-3216RTennessee
6Dillon BuechelQB6-3211RDuquesne
8Nick SchuesslerQB6-3196RClemson
13Corey JonesWR5-8165RToledo
16Marcus TuckerWR5-101901Northern Michigan
18-OKevin HartWR5-11187RWilliam & Mary
18-DChris BlewittK5-9183RPittsburgh
19-OJuJu Smith-SchusterWR6-1215RUSC
19-DDillon KiddP6-1219RIowa
20Cameron SuttonCB5-11188RTennessee
29Brian AllenCB6-3215RUtah
30-OJames ConnerRB6-2233RPittsburgh
30-DT.J. NealLB6-0236RAuburn
33Austin GearingLB6-5250RMiami (OH)
37Wayne CapersRB6-0206RDuquesne
38-ORushel ShellRB5-10227RWest Virginia
39-DDevonte JohnsonCB5-101801Weber State
40Mike HiltonCB5-91841Mississippi
41-OPaul ButlerTE6-6252RCalifornia (PA)
41-DFarrington HugueninLB6-42681Kentucky
42Jacob HagenS6-32051Liberty
44Phazahn OdomTE6-8251RFordham
45Matt GalambosLB6-1239RPittsburgh
46Terrish WebbS5-10190RPittsburgh
49-OColin HolbaLS6-4248RLouisville
49-DAkil BlountLB6-22491Florida A&M
51Dylan ColucciOT6-5330RYoungstown State
57-OJerome DanielsOT6-3313RUTEP
57-DKeith KelseyLB6-0233RLouisville
61-OKyle FriendC6-23051Temple
61-DNelson AdamsDE6-3287RMississippi State
62-OMike MatthewsC6-23001Texas A&M
62-DFrancis KallonDE6-5295RGeorgia Tech
64-OEthan CooperG6-2322RIndiana (PA)
64-DChristian BrownDE6-3295RWest Virginia
65Lavon HooksDE6-33121Mississippi
68-OKendall PaceOT6-4302RColumbia
68-DKarmichael DunbarDT6-2307RLouisiana-Lafayette
69Roy PhilonDT6-32911Louisville
71Matt FeilerOT6-63301Bloomsburg (PA)
72-OChris TaylorG6-3330RTulane
72-DDemond TuckerDT5-11303RIowa State
80Scott OrndoffTE6-4253RPittsburgh
90T.J. WattLB6-4252RWisconsin
99Keion AdamsLB6-2245RWestern Michigan

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