First- Check out part 1 if you missed it.
We've heard a lot from most of the Steelers draft picks, but what about the undrafted rookie free agents (UDFAs) who were signed after the draft concluded. In the second part of this series, we'll give you more info about these players who are hoping to make the Pittsburgh Steelers' final 53-man roster.
Name: Tyler Murphy
College: Boston College
Superpowers: He has potential as a quarterback and wide receiver which could make him a Slash-type player if the Steelers can develop him. The ability to play multiple positions should not be discounted.
Not Super: While he was a star at Boston College, the NFL is a different animal. Does he have the athleticism or skill necessary to make the team?
Bottom Line: With Landry Jones a perennial disappointment, Murphy could provide some versatility on the roster as an athlete able to play QB, WR, or special teams.
Check out a BTSC article about Tyler Murphy from late May.
Name: Cameron Stingily
College: Northern Illinois
Superpowers: At 6'1" and 240 lbs, Stingily is big. In fact, he was a linebacker before tearing his Achilles his freshman year. Because of his background as a linebacker, he is a very physical player and in college could plow through opponents. He's been called a "human battering ram."
Not Super: Stingily played well at Northern Illinois, but Northern Illinois is not the NFL, nor is it a particularly competitive team by Division I standards. He will need to prove he can perform at a much, much, much higher level in order to make the squad.
Bottom Line: RB is a position of need for the Steelers. After the Le'Veon Bell- free playoff game, it is clear the Black and Gold needs more reliable depth at RB. DeAngelo Williams should be a huge asset, but as an older player he is not the future of the Steelers RB corps.
Name: Kevin Whimpey
College: Utah State
Superpowers: He's not a wimp. In fact, just writing that overdone play on his name makes me nervous. That is how much he is NOT a wimp. He tallied 39 reps at 225 at his Pro Day. The next closest that day was Aggie LB Zach Vigil at 26. He has superhuman strength. He is also 25, married, and has a kid, so he should have level of maturity greater than a typical rookie.
Not Super: Like many players from less competitive schools, Whimpey is unproven against elite players.
Fun Fact: Kevin is an identical twin. (What other offensive lineman is a twin? That's right. Maurkice Pouncey)
Bottom Line: With Kelvin Beachum in the last year of his contract and Mike Adams a perennial disappointment, tackle could be a position of need in the future. Is Whimpey the Steelers guy? Well, it depends on his adjustment to the Steelers system and the NFL.
Also watch out for the other installments in this series so you can learn more about all the UDFAs of the Black & Gold.