After the retirements of safety Troy Polamalu and cornerback Ike Taylor, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected first-round outside linebacker Bud Dupree, second-round, fourth-round cornerbacks Senquez Golson and Doran Grant from the 2015 NFL Draft to strengthen their defensive line.
A couple more inches on his 5-foot-9 frame and Senquez Golson probably would have been long gone by the time the Pittsburgh Steelers were on the clock Friday night. A couple more big plays and Sammie Coates could have said the same. Golson and Coates join linebacker Bud Dupree - the team's first-round pick - as the most likely rookies to make an immediate impact for the defending AFC champions next fall. Pittsburgh Steelers Nike Jersey. There will be job opportunities aplenty in the secondary and at outside linebacker while Coates gets to learn from All-Pro Antonio Brown - a former sixth-round pick - and Martavis Bryant, a third-round pick a year ago who had eight touchdown receptions despite sitting out the season's first six games.
Grant, the cornerback the Steelers selected in the fourth round out of Ohio State, along with the majority of the Steelers rookies, arrived in Pittsburgh on Thursday and started taking care of details, from being fit for equipment, to having headshots taken, and any medical testing needed. Then on Friday it will be on to the field for three days of showing why the team drafted or signed them. Grant was greeted right off the bat by linebacker Ryan Shazier, his former teammate with the Buckeyes and a player he refers to as being like a brother. “As soon as I walked into the locker room I saw him,” said Grant. “You get to come in and see some familiar faces and you know what they are going to give on the field, they know what you are going to give.”
“It’s exciting to be here, to actually be in an NFL program,” said Grant. “It’s actually crazy. I am speechless right now. “It’s here, it’s now, and I am ready to get going.” Ryan Shazier Steelers Jersey. Coates, who played at Auburn, was the Steelers third-round draft pick and the second person to come out of Leroy and make it to the NFL. When he was drafted, instead of waiting for his new quarterback to reach out to him, he reached out to Ben Roethlisberger, texting him and telling him how anxious he is to get to work with him.