The Steelers continued the new NFL trend of getting draft picks signed early and often today by adding another in the completed column of their roster. 2012 7th round draft pick WR Toney Clemons from Colorado, 231st overall, agreed to terms today. Specifics on the amount were not disclosed on his contract as of yet. Remember, all draft picks will sign a 4 yr deal with the exception of 1st rounders, who will have a 5th yr team option that can be exercised.
Clemons is one of 4 team picks they had in the final round of the draft last month and the last of the NFL allotted selections in the traditional 7 rounds. The other 3, TE David Paulson, OL Kelvin Beachum, and CB Terrence Frederick were all compensatory picks the Steelers were awarded by the league.
Clemons will compete for 1 of 2 likely roster spots on the final roster. Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jerricho Cotchery will take up four out of the possible 6 spaces available. Should the team decide to carry only 5 it will be even tougher for Clemons to make the roster, but certainly not impossible.
Directly competing with Clemons this offseason on the left side of the field behind Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will be Marquis Maze, Jaumorris Stewart, David Gilreath, and Connor Dixon. On the right side behind, behind Mike Wallace and Jerricho Cotchery is Jimmy Young, Derrick Williams, & Tyler Beiler.
Clemons (6-2, 210), who was the 231stoverall pick, is from Pittsburgh and attended Valley High School. He spent the first two years of his collegiate career at the University of Michigan before transferring to the University of Colorado. As a senior he was named by the coaches as the co-recipient of Colorado’s John Mack Award as the team’s most outstanding offensive player.
Last season Clemons led the Buffaloes in receiving yards (680) and was second in receptions (44) as well as average yards per catch (15.8 avg.). Clemons’ team-high eight touchdown receptions tied for the fourth-most in a single season in school history. He recorded 476 receiving yards and three 100-yard receiving games in his final five games at Colorado.