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UCLA Quarter System Might Prevent Steelers LB Jordan Zumwalt From Attending OTAs


Thanks to Ohio State no longer being on the quarter system, it appears as though first-round draft pick, linebacker Ryan Shazier, won’t miss any of the Pittsburgh Steelers summer OTA practices. One of the Steelers other eight draft picks, however, might not be so lucky.

Being as UCLA still uses the quarter system, linebacker Jordan Zumwalt, the Steelers first of two sixth-round draft picks, might be forced to miss the OTA practices and mandatory mini camp. Mind you, the Steelers have yet to comment on his status since he was drafted, so this is merely speculation on my part. Hopefully we will get confirmation soon.

If indeed Zumwalt is forced to miss the OTA sessions, you can bet that Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler will have plenty of homework for him over the summer.

So, are any of the Steelers undrafted free agents that were signed at risk of missing the OTAs?

Like UCLA, Stanford still uses the quarters system, but based on a post by defensive end Josh Mauro last June on Twitter, it appears as though he’s already graduated. He was a fifth-year senior player in 2013, so it would make sense that the NFL rule wouldn’t apply to him. Once again, we’ll just have to wait for confirmation from the Steelers.

The Minnesota Vikings appear to be a team that will really get hit hard by the NFL graduation rule as three of their top five draft picks look like they will miss the OTA sessions, according to Ben Goessling of ESPN.com.

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  • PA2AK

    Physical adjustments are one thing, but the single biggest thing is going from a college stud to an NFL scrub. The mental aspect of that change and the amount of information crammed in a short period of time, all while staying physically engaged has to be a tough thing. Falling behind can easily jeopardize your chances…especially for someone like Zumwalt (6th rd).

  • John C

    I just don’t get this whole thing….screw college…you are in the pros now…show up!!! Please explain

  • dave

    It’s an NFL rule. It’s not like Zumwalt (or any other player this applies to) decided to skip minicamp to go to a graduation party.

  • Big White

    The more info the Depot drops on this guy, the more I like him. Due to the strain we put on our linebackers, to me, his versatility is more in demand than his dominance at one of the two positions. Lookin’ forward to learning more about his special teams availability as well.

  • blue

    High Intensity player
    Future Special Team Ace

  • cencalsteeler

    It seems logical that kids in schools who use the quarter system might have a dip in their draft stock, no?

  • Jeff Anoble

    Stupid most ignorant rule in NFL history. This guy’s livelihood is at stake here. Making it is hard enough, now to be behind.

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