A little more than a month after drafting linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first round of May's NFL Draft, the Steelers have agreed to terms with Jordan Hall. The former Buckeyes running back went undrafted and initially unsigned following the close of his college career, but was invited to participate in Pittsburgh's rookie mini-camp.
Hall apparently impressed during his de-facto tryout, as evidenced by the Steelers' decision to release rookie cornerback Deion Belue to make room for the Jeannette, Pa. native on their roster. In addition to Hall, Pittsburgh currently possesses five running backs on its roster in Le'Veon Bell, LaGarrette Blount, Tauren Poole, Miguel Maysonet and Alvester Alexander, as well as rookie running back-wide receiver hybrid Dri Archer.
The 5-9, 191-pound Hall will likely serve in a backup role to Archer after practicing at the 'Pivot' position in his final two seasons at Ohio State. Over the course of his college career, Hall tallied 3,486 all-purpose yards and 19 total touchdowns for the Buckeyes.
In signing with the Steelers, Hall becomes the fourth former Buckeye to be currently listed on the Steelers roster, alongside Shazier, defensive end Cameron Heyward and offensive tackle Mike Adams. Hall's signing also makes him the 11th member of Ohio State's 2013 team to find himself on an NFL roster, along with Shazier, Bradley Roby (Denver Broncos), Carlos Hyde (San Francisco 49ers), Jack Mewhort (Indianapolis Colts), Corey Linsley (Green Bay Packers), Christian Bryant (St. Louis Rams), C.J. Barnett (New York Giants), Corey Brown (Carolina Panthers), Marcus Hall (Colts) and Andrew Norwell (Panthers).