Four of the Steelers six draft picks had previously announcved on various social media outlets that they had signed their contracts. The first player who was reported to sign was Alex Highsmith on Monday with Anthony McFarland Jr. close behind. One Wednesday, Antoine Brooks Jr. joined the signing party with the Steelers top pick Chase Claypool following almost immediately after. Only fourth-round pick Kevin Dotson and seventh-round selection Carlos Davis had not been previously reported.
Kevin Dotson was a standout guard for the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns for 4 years. After a redshirt season, he won a starting job Week 2 of his redshirt freshman season and started every game that followed till he ran out of eligibility at the end of the 2019 season. He is the most decorated draft pick the Steelers made in 2020 as he was selected to be a first-team All American by the Associated Press, USA Today, Pro Football Focus, and Sports Illustrated.
Kevin Dotson is the second player selected by the Steelers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the other being fellow 4th round pick Ike Taylor in 2003. Kevin Dotson, like Taylor, is blessed with ideal size for his position. At 6’4”, 321 lbs with 33” arms, and built with a low center of gravity, Dotson has a perfect build to be a mauler in the trenches. The questions surrounding Dotson are his position flexibility (he only played right guard in college) and his athleticism where he is closer to Ramon Foster than Matt Feiler or David DeCastro. But one thing is certain, Dotson has a good shot at another redshirt-type season with the Steelers planning to start Feiler and DeCastro at guard, with Stefan Wisniewski backing them up. Hopefully he can replicate his college success and become an anchor of the Steelers offensive line in the future.
The Steelers 7th-round pick played defensive tackle for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. A 5th-year senior, Davis started 39 games at Nebraska, playing all over the defensive line. As a seventh-round pick, Carlos Davis is a developmental prospect who will need to really impress to make the roster. Davis brings good athleticism to the position, with surprising quickness for his size. The Steelers have a good amount of depth on the defensive line, with 5 lineman returning who had at least 75 snaps on defense in 2019, and the addition of Free Agent Chris Wormley from Baltimore. Carlos Davis will be fighting mostly for a spot on the practice squad, and even there the competition isn’t weak.
With this announcement, the Steelers now have all players under contract for the 2020 season even as the NFL and Players Association continue to negotiate the safety procedures and financial agreements for the upcoming year.