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.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.
Stanford cornerback / safety Devon Carrington (Profile 5/15)
Youngstown State offensive guard Chris Elkins (Profile 5/16)
East Carolina offensive guard Will Simmons
Wisconsin defensive end Ethan Hemer
Stanford defensive end Josh Mauro
Louisville defensive end Roy Philon
Shepherd outside linebacker Howard Jones
Missouri tight end Eric Waters
Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Kay
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