The Steelers have signed their fifth-round draft pick from the 2012 NFL Draft, running back Chris Rainey. Financial terms of the four-year deal were not disclosed.
Rainey (5-8, 178), who was the 159th overall pick, played collegiately at the University of Florida. He started 19-of-52 games for the Gators, six as a slot receiver and 13 at tailback. He finished his career ranked ninth in school history with 2,464 yards rushing on 396 carries (6.2 avg.). Rainey scored 21 touchdowns multiple ways: 13 rushing, six receiving and two on punt returns. He set the Southeastern Conference career-record with six blocked punts. Rainey became the first Florida player to record a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game, accomplishing the feat versus Florida Atlantic in the 2011 season opener.
Rainey is the Steelers' second draft pick of the 2012 NFL Draft to sign, joining fourth-round selection Alameda Ta'amu.