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Pittsburgh Steelers Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Profile: UAB Offensive Tackle Kaycee Ike

May 16th, 2014 at 11:14 PM
By Mark Mihalko

Coming off consecutive 8-8 seasons, fans across the Pittsburgh area are starting to get antsy. For the Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 starts now  as the team expected select veterans and rookies to be in town for the annual rookie minicamp this weekend.

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While this is the first time coaches and front office members can catch a glimpse at their haul from the NFL Draft, there are also some veterans and futures contract prospects hoping to catch an eye early in the process. In all, head coach Mike Tomlin expects 52 players in town for the workouts.

Of those 52 players, 20 will be players invited to camp on a tryout basis; the same route Terence Garvin used in 2013 to make the active roster. With the Steelers in the middle of a roster overhaul, it is possible for another prospect to take the same route and make the team in 2014. Of course, those 20 prospects will have to deal with the veterans, nine draft choices and even the 10 undrafted rookie free agents to make an impact. One of the undrafted rookie prospects, UAB offensive tackle Kaycee Ike, could be one of those that surprises. A touch undersized (6-5, 295-pounds), Ike is a two-year starter that has the athleticism and quickness for the position.

Unfortunately, he lacks consistency on tape. Physical in the run game, he also has the ability to mirror and pass protection and does a great job understanding his assignments. While he has potential, he lacks polish and only flashes that ability.

At this point, it would be hard to see him make the active roster, but he could develop into a solid depth component with some development time on the practice squad.

Defensive Backs

Stanford cornerback / safety Devon Carrington (Profile 5/15)

Offensive Linemen

Youngstown State offensive guard Chris Elkins  (Profile 5/16)

UAB offensive tackle Kaycee Ike (Profile 5/17)

East Carolina offensive guard Will Simmons

Defensive Linemen

Wisconsin defensive end Ethan Hemer

Stanford defensive end Josh Mauro

Louisville defensive end Roy Philon

Linebackers

Shepherd outside linebacker Howard Jones

Tight End

Missouri tight end Eric Waters

Quarterback

Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay

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Tags: Football, Kaycee Ike, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rookie Minicamp, UAB, undrafted rookie free agent

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