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Quadree Henderson, WR, Pittsburgh
Associated Press

The Pittsburgh Steelers open their rookie minicamp on Friday with 56 players giving their all for a shot at an NFL career.

Some of those players were selected in this year's NFL Draft, while others were signed as undrafted free agents. The remaining players include first-year eligible athletes who were on a practice squad last season and others who were invited to participate.

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Last year's rookie minicamp produced two new additions from tryouts, University of Pittsburgh linebacker Matt Galambos and Fordham University tight end Phazahn Odom.

Galambos is one of 15 players who enter this weekend with a year of NFL experience. Other notables from those 15 include WR Marcus Tucker, LB Keith Kelsey, TE Jake McGee, DE Lavon Hooks, and LB Farrington Huguenin.

A number of undrafted college free agents will also have their opportunity to shine this weekend. Among those signed following the draft who will be there include Pitt WR Quadree Henderson (pictured above), Villanova CB Trey Johnson, TCU C Patrick Morris, Toledo LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, Penn State DT Parker Cothren, and Florida State LB Matthew Thomas.

Christian Scotland-Williamson will also continue his pursuit to convert from rugby to American football. Scotland-Williamson is famous for a rugby hit which went viral at the end of 2017. That hit, show below, led him on a path toward the NFL, where the 6' 9" 276 lbs. athlete hopes to play tight end.

Other players who were invited but not currently under contract vary. Northwestern punter Hunter Niswander comes to camp to assist in special teams drills, while there doesn't appear to be a kicker in camp this time.

Pitt G Brandon Hodges, cornerbacks Mike Daniels (West Virginia) and Mike Minter Jr. (Middle Tennessee State), wide receivers Tyler Palka (Gannon) and Damoun Patterson (Youngstown State), as well as linebackers Cameron Tarver (California, PA) and Garrett Pougnet (Grand Valley State), are among the local and/or small college players invited on a try out basis.

Former Penn quarterback Alek Torgersen also enters minicamp on a tryout basis after spending time on four different NFL practice squads since the 2017 draft.

The full list of participants

Below is a full list of rookie minicamp participants, along with their assigned uniform numbers as of May 12th, 2018.

# Name Pos Ht Wt Exp College
2-D Boynton, Malik CB 6-0 191 R Austin Peay
2-O Rudolph, Mason QB 6-5 235 R Oklahoma St.
3 Boit, Colin S 6-2 215 R Dartmouth
4 Cannon, Zykiesis S 6-0 180 R Louisville
5 Minter, Mike DB 6-0 174 R M. Tenn. St.
6 Taylor, Jeremy S 5-11 190 R NC A&T
8 Torgersen, Alek QB 6-3 229 R Penn
8-D Lurry, Shawun CB 5-8 180 R N. Illinois
9 Daniels, Mike CB 5-11 204 R West Virginia
10 Henderson, Quadree WR 5-8 192 R Pittsburgh
13 Washington, James WR 5-11 213 R Oklahoma St.
14-O Jones, Tevin WR 6-2 225 1 Memphis
14-D Dunn, Wendell LB 6-3 209 R Wake Forest
15-O Griffey, Trey WR 6-3 192 1 Arizona
15-D Love, Courtney LB 6-2 242 R Kentucky
16 Tucker, Marcus WR 5-10 190 1 Northern Mich.
17 Niswander, Hunter P 6-5 209 R Northwestern
18 Thomas, Justin WR 5-11 185 1 Georgia Tech
27 Allen, Marcus S 6-2 215 R Penn St.
28 Brown, Dorian RB 5-11 196 R Ohio
29 Craft, Jarred RB 6-0 222 R Louisiana Tech
30 Summers, Jamar DB 6-0 190 R UCONN
34 Edmunds, Terrell S 6-1 217 R Virgina Tech
38-D Johnson, Trey DB 5-11 170 R Villanova
38-O Samuels, Jaylen RB 6-0 225 R NC State
39 Summers, James RB 6-3 210 1 East Carolina
40-O Franklin, Jarvion RB 6-0 239 R Western Mich.
40-D Galambos, Matt LB 6-1 239 1 Pittsburgh
41 Huguenin, Farrington LB 6-4 268 1 Kentucky
46-O Thompson, Brett TE 6-4 232 R Tenn.-Martin
46-D Thomas, Matthew LB 6-3 232 R Florida St.
49-O Scotland-Williamson, Christian TE 6-9 274 R Loughborough U.
49-D Leslie, Darnell LB 6-2 235 1 Monmouth
54 Hodges, Brandon G 6-4 315 R Pittsburgh
55 Kelsey, Keith LB 6-0 233 1 Louisville
57 Pougnet, Garrett LB 6-3 212 R Grand Valley St.
60 Collins, Parker C 6-3 295 1 Appalachian St.
61-O Graham, Larson OT 6-5 292 1 Duquense
61-D Cothren, Parker DT 6-4 304 R Penn St.
62-O Morris, Patrick C 6-3 300 R TCU
62-D Gilmore, Greg DT 6-4 308 R LSU
64-O Nwokeji, Ikenna OL 6-6 282 R Elon
64-D Vickers, Kendal DE 6-3 295 R Tennessee
69-D Frazier, Joshua DT 6-3 321 R Alabama
69-O Prince, R.J. T 6-6 311 R North Carolina
72 Cheek, Joseph OT 6-7 311 1 Texas A&M
74-O Schleuger, Chris G 6-4 305 R UAB
74-D Sayles, Casey DE 6-3 289 1 Ohio U.
76 Okorafor, Chukwuma OL 6-6 320 R Western Mich.
80 McGee, Jake TE 6-5 250 1 Flordia
82 Palka, Tyler WR 6-2 200 R Gannon
83 Patterson, Damoun WR 6-2 192 R Youngstown St.
87 McKever, Pharoah TE 6-6 248 R Florida International
92 Adeniyi. Olasunkanmi LB 6-1 248 R Toledo
95 Hooks, Lavon DE 6-3 312 1 Mississippi
N/A Tarver, Cameron LB 6-3 255 R Cal., Pa.
N/A Zubik, Jesse WR 5-10 180 R Washington & Jefferson
N/A Duncan, Malik S 5-10 190 R St. Francis (PA)
N/A Douglas, Ross S 5-10 205 R Rutgers




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