The Steelers signed guard William Dunkle on Tuesday, the team announced. Dunkle was an undrafted free agent out of San Diego State who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles following the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Steelers cut two other players in Jake Dixon and Chris Owens, thus prompting them to bring in another offensive lineman. The 6-foot-5, 328-pound guard ran a 5.44 40-yard dash while bench pressing 25 reps at the 2022 NFL Combine.
In his four years at San Diego State, Dunkle started 32 games, including all 14 games that the Aztecs played last season. Throughout his career, Dunkle has played at both right and left guard, and that brings some versatility with him. In the 2021 season, Dunkle was named a second-team All-American.
Throughout his career with San Diego State, Dunkle was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference selection, including getting a first-team nod in 2021. He was released by the Eagles on Sunday but quickly found a home on the Steelers as a second opportunity.
Hailing from California, William Dunkle stayed at home when he committed to San Diego State. While he has yet to take a snap with the Steelers in any capacity, Dunkle is likely to see reps with the third team right away. It brings the Steelers to 14 total offensive linemen on their roster as they head into Jacksonville.