Although many of the numbers for the Steelers 2021 draft picks had been floating around, the Steelers officially announced the jersey numbers for their entire 2021 draft class on Thursday.
It had previously been announced that first round draft pick Najee Harris would be wearing his number 22 just like he did in his four seasons at Alabama. The rest of the jerseys are also now official from the Steelers.
Pat Freiermuth will be donning number 88 when training camp opens in July. In college he sported the number 87 but it is currently issued to tighten Kevin Rader. Center Kendrick Green will bring a familiar number to the position as he has been issued number 53. One of two numbers he wore in college, Green’s other option of 55 is currently issued to Devin Bush. Offensive tackle Dan Moore Jr will get to keep his number 65 he wore while at Texas A&M.
Linebacker Buddy Johnson will not be bringing his number 1 jersey to the Steelers and is instead suiting up with the number 51. Defensive tackle Isaiahh Loudermilk knew his number 97 belongs to All-Pro defensive captain Cam Heyward. Instead, Loudermilk will be sporting the number 92 this season.
Quincy Roche wore number 90 in his time at Temple and number 2 while he was at Miami. With those numbers issued to T.J. Watt and Mason Rudolph respectively, Roche will keep the number 48 among the outside linebackers. Defensive back Tre Norwood was unable to keep his number 13 from college as it belongs to James Washington and will instead sport number 21 in the Steelers’ secondary.
Last, but certainly not least, is punter Percy Harvin III who will sport the number 6 for the Steelers. Even if Harvin would have been allowed a number in the 20s which is still not allowed in the NFL, Marcus Allen currently holds 27 which Harvin wore in college.
The Steelers also issued numbers to their undrafted free agents according to Steelers.com:
#29 Shakur Brown
#24 Lamont Wade
#50 Jamar Watson
#33 Calvin Bundage
#17 Mark Gilbert
#17 Isaiah McCoy
#26 Donovan Stiner
#84 Rico Bussey Jr
While it’s not completely out of the picture, all the Steelers rookies other than Harris could technically change their number upon making the 53-man roster in September. But once fans start to notice these numbers throughout the preseason, many times the players like to hold on for the recognition they have already received.
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