Steelers Mock Draft: Pittsburgh takes a balanced approach after free agency

TALLAHASSEE, FL - APRIL 8: Runningback Cam Akers #3 of the Florida State Seminoles warms-up before the annual Garnet and Gold Spring Football game at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on April 8, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - APRIL 8: Runningback Cam Akers #3 of the Florida State Seminoles warms-up before the annual Garnet and Gold Spring Football game at Doak Campbell Stadium on Bobby Bowden Field on April 8, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) /
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COLUMBIA, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: Amik Robertson #21 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs breaks up a pass to Bryan Edwards #89 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: Amik Robertson #21 of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs breaks up a pass to Bryan Edwards #89 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

3rd round (comp): Amik Robertson

Cornerback, Lousiana Tech

While this pick seems like a stretch, the Steelers have shown an unusual amount of interest cornerbacks this offseason, as they met with more corners than any other position at the Combine this year. One of the players they visited, in particular, was Amik Robertson.

Robertson embodies what it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. He’s a physical, gritty football player with a nose for the football. Size limitations, however, have Robertson falling to the back-half of day two. At just 5’8” and 187 pounds, Robertson must be a nickel cornerback at the next level.

The Steelers recently gave Mike Hilton a second-round tender, but his future beyond 2020 is very much unknown. While Pittsburgh could be scared away from drafting a small cornerback early because of Senquez Golson in 2015, Mike Hilton (5’9”, 184 pounds) was nearly identical in size to Robertson coming out.

Robertson could start as a special teams player and a dime backer before moving to a full-time nickel role in 2021.