The Steelers have invited versatile Kentucky safety Tyrell Ajian to their rookie minicamp later this week, according to Ryan Fowler of the Draft Network.
Over his five years with the Wildcats, Ajian played in 50 games, starting in 35 games for them over a three-year span. Throughout his career, he racked up 4 interceptions, 12 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, 1 defensive touchdown, and 152 tackles overall.
Ajian played in the slot and as a deep safety with the Wildcats over his career there. A playmaker who can play multiple positions, he could have a chance to sign a contract with depth still needed in the secondary for competition heading into training camp.
Ajian fits the Steelers as a hard hitter who can contribute across the backend of a defense. He is not the first Kentucky defensive back to make it to the NFL in recent years, either, joining Brandin Echols, Kelvin Joseph, Mike Edwards, and Lonnie Johnson as players who have attempted to make the leap in recent years from the school.
Ajian joins a number of invites, which has grown over the days as the team gears up for the start of the rookie minicamp. It starts on Friday and concludes through the weekend as a part of the off-season program. The Steelers will then start to shift into OTAs and mandatory minicamp before reporting to Latrobe in July for training camp.