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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pittsburgh Steelers 2011 NFL Undrafted Free Agents

Notable Undrafted Free Agents:

Aaron Bates, Michigan State 6000 200 4.75 
Four-year starter as a punter and holder. Elected team captain.  Solid person on and off the field. A good athlete who can place  the ball inside the 20-yard line and is also a directional punter.  Experience in punting in bad weather and has responded well.  Averaged 45.0 yards per punt his senior year. Explodes into the  ball. Good lift and leg extension. Natural through ball. Good  eye-hand coordination. Poised and mentally tough. His  minimum hang times are over 4.40 seconds. Gets the ball off in  1.3 seconds or less, hand to foot. Has the bonus traits of the  ability to throw, tackle, speed, and hands. 

Anthony Gray, Southern Mississippi 5113 330 5.17 
Three-year starter. Short and explosive - built like a Coke  machine. Has nine career sacks. Played defensive tackle in a  four man front and nose tackle in nickel packages. Plays in a  rotation. Stuffs the inside running lanes. Good interior instincts.  Can feel the blocks on traps and screen passes. Quick laterally  and in his first step. Good effort player with flexibility and  strength. Plays with leverage. Explosive jolt to control the  blocker. Tough. Can stop and stack at the point. Quick shed and  locate. Will throw his body into a ball carrier. Intense desire to  run down a ball carrier. Shorter than ideal, but plays low and  explosive.

John Clay, Wisconsin 6004 231 4.87 
Junior entry. Two-year starter. Downhill between the tackles  runner who lacks finish speed. Plays in a run oriented I-formation  pro style offense where he is featured in short yardage and on  the goal line. Runs with good lower body strength. Good foot  quickness for a big man. Has weighed as much as 260 pounds.  Got down to 231 pounds for the Combine. Runs behind a huge  zone blocking offensive line. An upright runner who follows  and utilizes the blockers. Gains yards after initial hit. Always  going forward. Has more power and leg drive to break tackles.  Not a make you miss type back. Must develop a role on the next  level. Only caught 11 passes in his career.

Weslye Saunders, South Carolina 6050 270 4.85 
Started 13 games over his career. Did not play last fall due to a  ruling by the NCAA in accepting extra benefits. Notes from  2009: Impressive size with long arms and big hands. Big target  who will line up in the slot. Soft body. Lacks strength in his  upper and lower body. A mediocre position wall off blocker who  is an inconsistent finisher. Occupies defensive end. Role in the  Gamecocks’ offense was as a blocker. Seldom used as a receiver.  Looks the part in equipment, but does not play to his athletic  numbers. Flashes NFL ability but has not worked to improve his  God-given talents. Did not do drills, run, or participate in shuttles  at Combine because of a left foot stress fracture. Long shot to  get drafted. Some team may sign him as a free agent because of his  borderline pro physical skills.


Niles Brinkley DBC  (Wisconsin)
Corbin Bryant DLE  (Northwestern)
Vaughn Charlton TE  (Temple)
Miguel Chavis DLE  (Clemson)
Brett Greenwood DBF  (Iowa)
Eric Greenwood WR  (Idaho)
Mario Harvey LBI   (Marshall)
Wes Lyons WR  (West Virginia)
Terrence McCrae WR  (Ohio University)
Colin Miller OLC (Central Michigan)
Adam Mims WR  (Furman)
Armand Robinson WR  (Miami - OH)
Trevis Turner OLT (Abilene Christian)