Steelers meet ‘Fast Rise’ SDSU QB Chris Oladokun

Chris Oladokun

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Chris Oladokun of the South Florida Bulls throws a pass into the net of UCF Knights at Raymond James Stadium on November 23, 2018.

If the Pittsburgh Steelers don’t pick a quarterback in the first few rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft, it’s likely they’ll try to sign an untrained free agent to fill the role of fourth defender. In that case, one name to keep in mind is South Dakota State QB Chris Oladokun, who was on the news Wednesday thanks to a private practice session with the Arizona Cardinals.

In his tweets reporting the news, Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson also points out that Oladokun has met the Steelers, as well as the Chicago Bears.

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Also notable is the way Wilson describes Oladokun as a “fast-growing prospect,” an indication that he is increasingly seen as draft-able – ready to potentially be picked up at some point. sometime on Day 3.

It is the same sentiment expressed on March 29 by Sam HerderHero Sports FCS senior FCS analyst.

2 Steelers representatives attended Chris Oladokun’s Pro Day

As for the attention paid to Steelers’ Oladokun, it should be noted that the team sent two representatives Pro Day on March 23. As noted by Steelers Depot’s Alex Kozora, the two representatives are college recruiting coordinator Phil Kreidler and quality control coach Matt Tomsho.

Oladokun Begins Her College Career in South Florida, Transferring Twice

Oladokun – 6 feet 1 and 213 pounds – started his college career at South Florida, where he started two games before transferring to Samford University, where former Steelers defender Devlin ‘Duck’ Hodges played. his college ball. During his two seasons at Samford, Oladokun played 19 games and made nine appearances. That includes 2019, when he completed 169 of 272 passes of 2,064 yards and 18 touchdowns, plus 127 attempts in 493 yards and eight more touchdowns.

He moves on to the South Dakota State Jackrabbits in 2021, and last season he completed 238 of 382 passes over 3,164 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also made the ball seven times in the 166 meters with a few hasty touches. Last but not least, he caught two 32-yard passes, both touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Steelers have close links to some of the most prized prospects in the 2022 draft. That includes Liberty midfielder Malik Willis, who has been likened to a former midfielder for the team. Steelers / wide receiver / rerun Kordell Stewart. First, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin reportedly “really wants” the Liberty product. Many analysts also consider North Carolina’s Sam Howell the “best fit” for the Steelers.

The team currently has three veteran quarterbacks under contract for 2022, including recently signed former No 2 Mitch Trubisky and former Washington first-round pick Dwayne Haskins, a restricted free agent. recently increased by one year. Also set to compete for the midfield starting in 2022 is longtime reserve Mason Rudolph, who signed a one-year contract extension in April 2021 to keep him with the club through the end of the season. tournament 2022.

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