The Pittsburgh Steelers will hold their annual rookie minicamp at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side the weekend of May 12-14. At that camp, the team will have all of its seven picks from the 2023 NFL Draft, the seven undrafted free agents the team has signed since then, and a number of first-year players that were under contract in 2022, but did not play in a game.
In addition, the team will invite several players to the camp on a tryout basis. The Steelers signed four such players from minicamp tryouts to their 90-man offseason roster last year: defensive lineman Trevon Mason, cornerback Carlins Platel, kicker Nick Sciba and wide receiver Tyler Snead.
Platel spent all of 2022 on the team’s injured reserve list after a preseason injury. Sciba played in one game, on Oct. 30, after a Chris Boswell injury.
2023 STEELERS ROOKIE MINICAMP TRYOUTS
QB Hunter Johnson, Clemson
6-foot-2, 210 pounds
Johnson was a former five-star high school recruit that bounced between Clemson and Northwestern in college without ever earning a starting role. He impressed a Colts local workout and will get a shot to be the No. 4 quarterback entering training camp.
WR Dwayne Menders Jr., Duquesne
5-foot-11, 170 pounds
Menders transferred to Duquesne from Marist and had a breakout season as a senior in 2022. He can also return kicks. The Steelers didn’t draft or sign any undrafted wide receivers, but they do have a full room of returners. The Steelers do like their Duquesne products, with Christian Kuntz the starting long snapper and tackle Jake Dixon getting a long look last offseason.
RB Toa Taua, Nevada
5-foot-9, 218 pounds
Taua is also working with the Philadelphia Eagles, who are having their rookie minicamp a week before the Steelers. The undersized back ran 217 times for 911 yards in 2022, but scored an impressive 11 touchdowns.
ILB Tylar Wiltz, Pitt
5-foot-11, 218 pounds
Wiltz transferred to Pitt from Missouri State in 2022 and took a while to get acclimated to the new level, but shined once he did. Over the Panthers’ final two games, he had 13 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and an interception. The speedy but slight linebacker could be a special teams standout at the next level.
DE/OLB Tyler Tate, Millersville (D-II, Pa.)
6-foot-3, 265 pounds
One of the top players in the Division-II PSAC in 2022, Tate was a two-time All-PSAC selection and nominated for the Gene Upshaw Award. Tate finished sixth in the PSAC in sacks and tackles for loss in 2022. He played defensive end in a 3-4 college defense, but his build probably is better suited to outside linebacker as a pro.
P Adam Korsak, Rutgers
6-foot, 191 pounds
A Melbourne, Australia native, Korsak was one of the best punters in college football in 2022, averaging 44 yards per punt. He finished his Rutgers career first in NCAA history in punting attempts and punting yards. The Steelers already have Braden Mann on board to push Pressley Harvin III, but they’re leaving no stone unturned.
OT Chidi Okeke, San Antonio Brahmas XFL
6-foot-6, 319 pounds
Okeke has been around a bit, coming out of Tennessee State as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He spent time with Washington, Miami and Kansas City in 2019, then sat out 2020, and was with Tampa Bay before a training camp injury cost him his 2021 season. He returned in the spring of 2022 with the Pittsburgh Maulers, didn’t get an NFL shot last year, and played with the Hines Ward-led San Antonio Brahmas of the XFL this spring as the Brahmas’ starting left tackle.
WR Hakeem Butler, St. Louis BattleHawks XFL
6-foot-5, 227 pounds
A former fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, Butler has a high pedigree but never turned it into production in the NFL, playing just two career games. Since being cut loose by the Eagles in 2021, Butler has played with the BC Lions and Edmonton Elks of the CFL last summer and then with the St. Louis BattleHawks in the XFL this spring. With St. Louis, he caught 51 passes for 599 yards and an XFL-high eight touchdowns. Former Steelers quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was his XFL offensive coordinator.
DE Gabe Oladipo, Texas Tech
6-foot-2, 295 pounds
An All-American discuss and weight thrower, Oladipo spent one season on the Texas Tech scout team and never played a snap of organized college football. The Steelers have had success in the past with atypical athletes like Carlton Haselrig and Alejandro Villanueva. Oladipo will work out at defensive end.
C Dacquari Wilson, North Carolina A&T
6-foot-2, 295 pounds
An all-conference player at the FCS level, Wilson brings a lot of experience but not-great athletic measurables to the table. The Steelers aren’t exactly deep at center behind starter Mason Cole, with seventh-round pick Spencer Anderson, UDFA Trevor Downing all that’s really behind him. Wilson could add to that group with a solid rookie camp.
FB/TE Maverick Wolfley, West Florida
6-foot-2, 252 pounds
Wolfley is a double-barrel Steelers legacy, the nephew of former Steelers offensive lineman and radio color broadcaster Craig Wolfley and the grandson of center Ray Mansfield. A Morgantown, West Virginia native, he started out collegiate at WVU, then transferred to Akron and then to West Florida, playing fullback and tight end along the way.
S Tyrell Ajian, Kentucky
6-foot, 190 pounds
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.
CB Sylvonta Oliver, Memphis
5-foot-9, 170 pounds
The reason Oliver wasn’t drafted or signed is obvious: he’s only 5-foot-9. The reason he was invited to rookie camp is just as obvious: three interceptions and seven passes defended in 2022 and a 4.49-second 40-yard dash with high-end splits. People will overlook a lot for fast with ball skills. It should be fun to see him go up against college teammate Calvin Austin III.
DT Xach Gill, Temple 6-foot-3, 297 pounds
Gill didn’t put up much in the way of stats at either of his collegiate stops, but that’s not necessarily a dealbreaker for the Steelers when it comes to defensive tackles.
OT Darian Bryant, Virginia Union 6-foot-5, 315 pounds
RB Alfonzo Graham, Morgan State
S Tyler Moore, Fort Valley State
DT Brandon Gaddy, Alabama State
LB Johnny Buchanan, Delaware