Gerod Holliman signs; Steelers' full draft class under contract


Less than a month after the NFL draft, the Steelers have all eight of their selections under contract.

The Steelers on Saturday announced the signing of seventh-round safety Gerod Holliman. The team did not disclose details, but Holliman likely signed a four-year contract.

Holliman is one of the Steelers' most intriguing picks because his ball skills are evident. His 14 interceptions last year at Louisville tied an NCAA single-season record and earned him the Jim Thorpe Award. But he fell to the seventh round in part because of his reputation as a poor tackler. I spoke recently with Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who said Holliman had been improving as a tackler, especially in the bowl game, and has the size (6-foot, 218 pounds) to tackle at the NFL level.

The new-look Steelers secondary could use an injection of turnovers, which seems evident from their draft. Defensive backs Holliman, second-round corner Senquez Golson and fourth-round corner Doran Grant combined for 28 interceptions in 2014.