The Steelers seventh-round pick from this past spring, quarterback Chris Oladokun, is heading to the Kansas City Chiefs’ practice squad, according to Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus. Oladokun got hardly any reps in training camp and was released by the Steelers on Aug. 23.
As a senior at South Dakota State, Oladokun led the Jackrabbits to an 11-4 record and threw for 3,164 yards, 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also rushed for 166 yards last season and caught two touchdowns.
Prior to South Dakota State, Oladokun played at Samford and South Florida. Oladokun started nine of 19 games in two seasons at Samford, throwing for 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns. The Tampa Bay native saw limited action at South Florida, starting just two games in 2018, completing 22 of 44 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns.
Oladokun joins a quarterback room in Kansas City that includes All-Pro Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne and Shane Buechele. He’ll also be coached by offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and learn Andy Reid’s system.
Oladokun most likely will be a career backup, depending on how long he lasts in the league. He really wasn’t offered an opportunity in Pittsburgh, however, which is kind of head-scratching being that the Steelers spent a seventh-round pick on him. Perhaps Kansas City will give him a legitimate chance to learn and develop.