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.
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.
Polling Suspended (Again)
Bloggers polling plugin officially SUCKS. For weeks now I've watch as vote tallies on Steelers free agency, draft needs, and the draft itself go up... and then down.
Thanks to all of those who voted, but I'm taking the poll on Jarvis Jones down because there are 80% fewer votes now than yesterday afternoon....