Steelers sign two draft picks

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are just below the spending ceiling, but that didn’t stop them from signing two of their draft picks a day after the conclusion of rookie minicamp.

Defensive tackle Daniel McCullers and tight end Rob Blanchflower each signed a four-year contract with the Steelers Monday. They were sixth- and seventh-round picks respectively.

The Steelers were $253,896 under the salary cap prior to the signings, according to ESPN Stats & Information, and they will sign most of their draft picks after June 1 when they receive more than $8 million in salary cap room from the release of outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley.

McCullers, the second of the Steelers’ two sixth-round draft picks, recorded 33 tackles, including 4 1/2 for losses, last season at Tennessee. The 6-7, 352-pounder started all 12 of the Volunteers’ games and the Steelers are hoping he can add depth along the defensive line.

Blanchflower, a seventh-round pick, set Massachusetts' record for career receiving yards by a tight end (1,164) despite being hampered by an injury that required sports hernia surgery following his senior season.

The 6-4, 256-pounder will battle for a roster spot at a position where the Steelers return four players from last season.