The Steelers front office continues to sign draft picks at a record pace thanks to the new CBA rookie salary cap and of course their own imposed rookie pool of funds.
According to our friend Chuck Finder at CBS Sports: The Steelers reached agreements with two more draftees, meaning six of their nine picks have come to terms. Seventh-rounders David Paulson, a TE from Oregon, and Texas A&M CB Terrence Frederick — drafted six spots apart — reached the requisite four-year deals.
Paulson, drafted at number 240 overall which makes him the teams 7B pick (compensatory), will compete for a backup job at tight end with David Johnson, Weslye Saunders, and Jamie McCoy for what is most likely only 1 roster spot left. Heath Miller and Leonard Pope will fill the two primary tight end roles on the team.
His strength is in the passing game, with good hands and a quick first step off the line. He’ll have to work on his blocking though if he wants to make the team, since all TE’s block on the Steelers. How he holds up against bigger, stronger, linebackers in coverage will be key as will holding his own against in run/pass blocking.
Per the press release on the teams official website:
Paulson (6-4, 246), who was selected with the 240th overall pick, played collegiately at the University of Oregon. He played in 41 games in four seasons, starting 26-of-27 games in his final two years. For his career, Paulson registered 67 receptions for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns. As a senior, Paulson earned All-Pac-12 second team and Pac-12 All-Academic first team honors. Paulson helped the Ducks appear in the BCS National Championship Game as a junior and was named honorable mention All-America by SI.com and first-team All-Pac 10.
Frederick was the teams next to last compensatory pick, 7C, and is out Texas A&M. He’s also going to battle it out for 1 available roster spot, at Cornerback. Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis, and last years draftees Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen will fill the 4 primary CB positions. If the team carries 1 additional player here, Frederick will have as good a chance as any of nailing it down. Terry Carter, Robert Golden, and Walter McFadden are also on the roster currently.
If they carry 4, the Frederick (and the others) will have a shot at the practice squad.
Also from Steelers.com, on Frederick:
Frederick (5-10, 187) was chosen with the 246th pick out of Texas A&M. He started 45 of 50 career games, including 39 consecutive to end his career. He was a two-time honorable mention All-Big 12 selection as a junior and senior. Frederick finished his career with 205 tackles, six sacks, four interceptions, 19 tackles for loss and 29 pass breakups, which rank sixth in school history. As a senior he broke up a team-high 13 passes and ranked eighth in the Big 12 in passes defended with 1.08 per game.