The Pittsburgh Steelers have invited two players that were at the New York Giants minicamp last weekend to their own even this coming weekend at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.
The Steelers have extended invitations to former Memphis cornerback Sylvonta Oliver and ex-Temple and North Carolina defensive tackle Xach Gill to their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.
Gill is a 6-foot-3, 297-pound defensive tackle from Wake Forest, North Carolina. He spent the first four years of his collegiate career at in-state UNC, redshirting in 2017 and playing in just two games in 2018 before earning a rotational role in 2019, which continued into 2020.
Gill then transferred to Temple, but missed the entire 2021 season with an injury suffered in spring practice. He played in all 12 games, making four starts and finisheing with 24 tackles and one quarterback hurry.
At Temple’s pro day, Gill ran a 5.42-second 40-yard dash, a 4.72-second shuttle and a 7.56-second three-cone drill. He had a 24.5-inch vertical jump, an 8-foot-5 broad jump and put up 14 reps on the bench press.
Oliver is another Memphis product, hoping to join the crowd of former Tigers the Steelers have in their locker room.
A 5-foot-9, 175-pound defensive back, Oliver was the Tigers’ primary slot cornerback in 2022, making nine starts out of 13 games played. He finished 2022 with a career-high 48 tackles and also had three interceptions, which he returned for 106 yards. He also had seven passes defended.
Oliver finished with five five interceptions and 17 passes defended in his Memphis career. He played two seasons at Itawamba Community College before joining the Tigers in 2020.
The undersized Oliver ran well at the Memphis pro day, posting a 4.49-second 40-yard dash with elite splits.
The Steelers have three former Memphis players on their roster already in wide receiver Calvin Austin III, slot cornerback Arthur Maulet and wide receiver Anthony Miller.
The NFL allows teams to pick between the first or second weekend after the draft to hold their rookie minicamp. The Steelers have traditionally chosen the second weekend, which gives them the opportunity to scout other team’s tryouts for players that don’t make it and give them a second shot with the Black and Gold.
The Steelers’ rookies, first-year players and tryouts will assemble for their two-day camp on the South Side starting on Friday morning.