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Can Shakur Brown be another undrafted free agent to make the Steelers roster as a rookie?

Day 4 of the Steelers Trifecta! Featuring Shakur Brown, Isaiah Buggs, and Calvin Bundage

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Welcome to the Steelers Trifecta! Over the 30 days leading up to the Pittsburgh Steelers 2021 training camp, we will be highlighting three players every day in order cover the entire 90-man offseason roster. So without further ado, here are today’s three players:


Shakur Brown

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Position: Cornerback
Age: 22
Year: 1
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 190
Drafted: UDFA 2020
College: Michigan State
Roster Outlook: Bubble
Analysis:

Shakur Brown is likely to get a lot of attention from fans this coming training camp. Before the 2021 NFL draft, some had Brown pegged as a Steelers late-round draft pick. Instead, the Steelers still landed Brown without having to use one of their nine selections. After losing two players at cornerback this offseason, there is room for new players to grab a roster spot. Out of all the Steelers undrafted free agents for 2021, Brown is currently the front runner to have a chance at making the team. But there is still a lot of football the played.


Isaiah Buggs

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens Mitchell Layton-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Defensive End
Age: 24
Year: 3
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 295
Drafted: 2019, Round 6, Pick 192
College: Alabama
Roster Outlook: Fighting for a spot
Analysis:

After being on the Steelers 53-man roster for the last two seasons, year three is going to be pivotal for Isaiah Buggs. Appearing in nine games his rookie season and 10 in 2020, Buggs has yet to make a significant impact on the Steelers defensive line. Add in the fact he was inactive for four of the Steelers last five games including the playoffs and the Steelers drafted another defensive tackle in 2021, Buggs is going to have to fight just to keep the spot he held on the 2020 roster.


Calvin Bundage

NFL: Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Position: Linebacker
Age: 23
Year: 1
Height: 6’2”
Weight: 221
Drafted: UDFA 2020
College: Oklahoma State
Roster Outlook: Doubtful
Analysis:

Playing both inside and outside linebacker for Oklahoma State at various stages of his collegiate career, it’s unclear exactly which position Bundage will be asked to play for the Steelers. While some have him listed as an outside linebacker, the above picture shows him in a drill with inside linebackers coach Jerry Olsavsky in a drill along side Devin Bush, Buddy Johnson, Marcus Allen, Ulysees Gilbert, and Robert Spillane. Had Bundage been getting time at outside linebacker he would have had a greater opportunity to land with a Steelers in some capacity. If he ends up being more of an inside linebacker, he’s part of a very deep room which makes his roster outlook even more doubtful.


Be sure to check back everyday for anther ‘trifecta’ of Steelers, and as we go along click back on previous articles listed below so you don’t miss a thing.