The San Antonio Brahmas have landed undrafted free agent and Steelers offseason acquisition Cody Chrest at wide receiver. The wide receiver joined the Packers after a successful tryout and impressed the team enough to bring him into training camp for the opportunity. But he did not last. Now, he will end up in the UFL.
Coming out of Harvard and Sam Houston State, Chrest is known as a speed threat. He ran a 4.35 40 yard dash at his pro day this year, proving his elite speed is a serious weapon. However, some complications in his NFL journey to this point have held him back. That includes an odd supposed deal after the draft with the Colts, but it never formally materialized into an actual deal in Indianapolis.
On June 5th, the Steelers waived Chrest. Chrest joined the Steelers on May 25, and had taken part in only a handful of the team’s organized team activity sessions at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex before his release. Chrest is a 6-foot, 193-pound wide receiver from Houston, Texas. After graduating from Cy Fair High School, he first spent four seasons at Harvard, where he played sparingly and battled injuries until his senior season in 2019, when he broke out for 45 catches for 706 yards and five touchdowns.
Following his career with the Crimson, he transferred to Sam Houston State for his final two seasons of eligibility.
In 2020-21, Chrest caught 41 passes for 463 yards and two scores while moving into scholarship football for the first time with the Bearkats. He bested that in 2021, with 54 catches for 704 yards and five scores. In 2022, he caught 36 passes for 548 yards and two touchdowns while being limited to just nine games.
As a draft prospect, Chrest tested exceptionally well, combining his average size with blazing speed, posting a 4.35-second 40-yard dash, 4.12-second shuttle run and 6.77-second three-cone drill, all near the 90th percentile of tested wide receivers.