Now that there are eight new faces in Pittsburgh, let’s take a deeper look at them and how they will impact the Pittsburgh Steelers and their futures with the team.
Headed into the draft, there was no doubt that the Steelers still had a big need at corner. Many thought they might take another first rounder, but they ultimately waited until round three to pull the trigger.
In one of the deepest defensive back classes in recent memory, this is not a bad thing at all. The team brought in two high upside players in Watt and Smith-Schuster in the first two rounds. They then got a very good corner in Cam Sutton in their first pick of round three.
Cam Sutton was mentioned multiple places in the 2016 draft, as this Steelers Depot article suggests. As the article describes, Sutton was mocked to Pittsburgh by ESPN’s Todd McShay early in the 2016 offseason.
Sutton was a first round projection last year before ultimately deciding to go back to school. He ended up getting hurt last season and missed a chunk of time. It dropped a potentially first round corner from a year ago to the third round into the Steelers’ lap.
Time will tell if he plays like a first rounder but Sutton has all the tools and ability to help this team right away. He will challenge for early play time, even as a third rounder, in 2017.