After a wild week in the AAF where football operations were shut down for the rest of the league’s season, only two players thus far have shined bright enough to earn themselves a shot at playing in the NFL, as Arizona Hotshots WR Rashad Ross and Orlando Apollos CB Keith Reaser have found new homes in the league.
You might be able to add Tyson Graham to that list.
According to initial reports from nfldraftdiamonds.com, Graham is scheduled to fly into Pittsburgh on Friday and meet with the Steelers. Graham, who went undrafted in 2017 out of South Dakota, fought his way to two seasons worth of training camps with the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons before being waived.
Graham then signed with the AAF’s Atlanta Legends, leading the team in tackles (37, good enough for fourth-best in the league) while adding an interception, forced fumble and .5 of a sack to his eight week resume before the league shutdown.
Pressure from KeShun Freeman forces Zach Mettenberger out of the pocket. He throws an off-target pass on the run, it gets tipped and Tyson Graham, Jr. intercepts it late in a tied game pic.twitter.com/g8StZ2Xzpc
— Arif Hasan (@ArifHasanNFL) March 10, 2019
This possible move comes at a precarious time for the Steelers, as Graham could be brought in the middle of a window that started with the team releasing Morgan Burnett, and will end with the 2019 NFL Draft that is now less than three weeks away. Does this change the way the Steelers look at the safety position in the draft?
Graham would be brought in as a potential depth player to add to the practice squad, or even the 53 man roster going into the regular season. In a safety depth chart that features Marcus Allen, Jordan Dangerfield and Nat Berhe behind the current starters in Terrell Edmunds/Sean Davis, Graham will have to show up ready to work when training camp rolls around.
Graham, 25 years old, has yet to play a meaningful snap at the professional level. Yet he’s already shown what he’s capable of doing, if given the opportunity.