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Pittsburgh Steelers Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Profile: Wisconsin Defensive End Ethan Hemer

May 18th, 2014 at 10:37 PM
By Mark Mihalko

The Pittsburgh Steelers completed their rookie minicamp on Sunday, with no big surprises. This is a great touch of news, as the team could not afford a season ending injury of any type at this stage of the preseason.

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The biggest news to come out, was the amount of young players who will have a chance to start and play quality snaps in 2014. There is no doubt the Steelers will have a much different roster this season, the biggest question is exactly how many new faces will on the opening day roster.

One part of the roster that will definitely look different is the defensive line. With Ziggy Hood, Al Woods, and Brett Keisel all gone, that leaves at least three roster spots open. Veteran free agent signee Cam Thomas and second round pick Stephon Tuitt will fill two of those spots, with the last one being won in a interesting camp battle. 2013 seventh round pick Nick Williams, 2013 UDFA Brian Arnfelt will be the front-runner’s, but they are inexperienced and will have to win the position with their play.

Those two will likely do battle with the three undrafted rookie free agents brought into camp. Of those three, there are some intriguing prospects, with Wisconsin defensive end Ethan Hemer being one that could surprise. At 6-5, 297-pounds, Hemer has the size to anchor on the outside and has a solid combination of power and quickness to play end in the Steelers 3-4 schemes.

He is also experienced in three-man fronts, something that should allow him to be comfortable early on in the preseason. A non-combine invite, Hemer had a mixed pro day, recording 32 reps at 225, but was slow in the 40-yard dash (5.50 second). 

With the Steelers having an opening along the defensive line, any player in the competition has a punchers chance at landing the roster spot. This will definitely be a battle to watch throughout camp.

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 5/16)

East Carolina offensive guard Will Simmons (Profile 5/17)

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: Ethan Hemer, Football, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, UDFA, undrafted rookie free agents, Wisconsin

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