Steelers Getting Business Done, Three More Rookies Signed

On day three of OTA’s, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ front office got some work done on Thursday too. The Steelers signed three more of their draft picks. The team signed third round wide receiver Markus Wheaton, fifth round cornerback Terry Hawthorne, and sixth round wide receiver Justin Brown.

Before today, The Steelers signed two picks in fourth round safety Shamarko Thomas and their second sixth round pick, linebacker Vince Williams.

After losing Mike Wallace, the Steelers drafted Wheaton who is also very quick and possibly better hands than Wallce. The strong work ethic of Wheaton should cacth the Steelers’ eye early. However, Wheaton can not attend OTA’s because he is finishing up college at Oregon State.

Hawthorne will be the fourth cornerback on the depth chart most likely behind Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen, William Gay, and possibly Curtis Brown. A physical cornerback that racked up 43 tackles in 2012 with just 1 interception.

Brown transferred to Oklahoma after the Penn State debacle. In his only year at Oklahoma, the 6’3″ 207 pound Brown had 73 receptions for 879 yards and five touchdowns. An aggressive player and good blocker.

Five of the nine players the Steelers drafted in April are now under contract. The only ones yet to get a rookie deal are first round pick Jarvis Jones, second round running back Le’Veon Bell, fourth round quarterback Landry Jones and seventh round defensive tackle, Nicholas Williams.

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