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2015 Draftees Sammie Coates, Doran Grant among 12 more former Steelers to Enter XFL Draft



Steelers WR Sammie Coates

The number of former Steelers enlisted in the 2019 XFL Draft swelled by a dozen on Friday, with former draft picks Sammie Coates and Doran Grant leading the way.

Coates was the Steelers third-round draft pick in 2015 and spent two seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to the Cleveland Browns. He played for the Houston Texans in 2018 and was on the roster of the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason.

Grant taken by the Steelers out of Ohio State in fourth round in 2015 and spent one season with the team, mostly on the practice squad. He also spent time with the Buffalo Bills, New York Giants, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears and played with the Arizona Hotshots and Atlanta Legends of the AAF last spring.

Joining Coates and Grant in Thursday’s announcement are another nine players that suited up in the Black and Gold.

Defensive ends Winston Craig and Conor Sheehy (2019 preseason), defensive tackle Casey Sayles (2019 preseason), inside linebacker Tegray Scales (2019 preseason), offensive lineman Damian Prince (2019 preseason), punter Ian Berryman (2019 preseason), running back Ralph Webb (2018-19), safety Dravon-Askew Henry (2019 preseason), wide receiver and kick returner Quadree Henderson (2018 preseason), wide receiver Damoun Patterson (2018 preseason) have all also signed up for the upstart spring league.

That group joins the list of players that had already been announced to make 21 total former Pittsburgh Steelers in the XFL draft pool so far, with more players expected to be announced on Friday.

All eight XFL teams will fill 71 slots in a five-phased draft that will take place over two days next week.

Quarterbacks, including former Steelers quarterback Landry Jones, are not a part of the draft and will be assigned to teams by the league.

CB Al-Hajj Shabazz
CB Jack Tocho

DL Winston Craig
DL Casey Sayles
DL Conor Sheehy

LB Terence Garvin
LB Tegray Scales

OL Damian Prince

P Brad Wing
P Ian Berryman

RB Ralph Webb

S Dravon Askew-Henry

TE Cameron Clear
TE Mickey Crum
TE Jake McGee
TE Scott Orndoff
TE Weslye Saunders

WR Demarcus Ayers
WR Quadree Henderson
WR Damoun Patterson