´ Steel Curtain Rising: Steelers Sign Kyle Clement, Continue to Stockpile Undrafted Rookie Defensive linemen

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Saturday, May 3, 2008

Steelers Sign Kyle Clement, Continue to Stockpile Undrafted Rookie Defensive linemen

The Steelers signed an additional undrafted free agent defensive lineman this week, when they came to terms with Division II stand out Kyle Clement from Northwood University (Michigan.) Clement posted more than 20 sacks and 50 tackles for losses in his college career. Those are impressive numbers, but alas other numbers are less impressive. He’s 6’4” but only listed at 266 pounds – VERY light for a defensive lineman in the NFL.

Correction -- We have been informed that Kyel Clement's current weight is about 316. Thx Blogger08! For further posts on Kyle Clement, click here.

Clement joins Washington’s Jordan Ruffett and Southern Mississippi’s Martavius Prince who were two more undrafted free agent rookie defensive lineman signed by the Steelers immediately after the draft. Martavius Prince worked as a two year starter at Southern Miss, and comes in at 282 pounds. Heavier still is Washington’s Jordan Ruffett, who weighs in at 292.

While Ruffett might still be considered light for a 3-4 defensive end, he is actually heavier that incumbent starter Brett Kiesel. Clement, Prince, and Ruffett will compete with Ryan McBean, a 2007 4th round draft choice who landed on the practice squad, to back up Kiesel and Aaron Smith at defensive end.
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In unrelated rookie free agent news, the Steelers waived KR/WR Dorien Bryant when he failed a physical, and replaced him with Wake Forest Wide Receiver Kevin Marion.

3 comments:

Blogger08 said...

The 266lb weight for Clement is from his freshmen year in college. He is about 315lbs right now.

KT said...

Thanks to Blogger 08!

I apperciate the clarification!

rob said...

Clement was 6'4", 317 pounds on his pro day workout. Ran the 40 in around 5.2 seconds, vertical 30", and lifted the bar 37 times. Better numbers than Sedrick Ellis managed at the Combine, and Clement is 3 inches taller, 20 pounds heavier.