2020 Draft: What DB positions will be available for the Steelers?
Last year, seven CBs went off the board before pick 49, and it was quite the run on the position, as the first CB off the board was Deandre Baker at pick 30. As well, Byron Murphy, Rock Ya-Sin, Sean Murphy-Bunting, Trayvon Mullen, Joejuan Williams, and Greedy Williams were selected before pick 49. The position as a whole was rocky, but there seems to be some upside throughout this class.
2018 only saw four CBs taken, and the picks were spread out with the first CB going fourth overall (Denzel Ward). Following him were Jaire Alexander, Mike Hughes, and Josh Jackson. This position group has seen split success. The top of the class has been top-level players but the bottom two have struggled with consistency.
2017 was the heaviest year, with eight CBs going off the board before pick 49. All in all: Marshon Lattimore, Marlon Humphrey, Adoree’ Jackson, Gareon Conley, Tre’Davious White, Kevin King, Sidney Jones, and Quincey Williams. Lattimore, Humphrey, and White have become some of the best players at their position, while Jackson, King, and Conely have become serviceable starters.
Taking the past three years into consideration, an average of 6.33 CBs will be off the board before pick 49. Using the Draft Networks prospect rankings, that would leave Trevon Diggs as the best CB available, with A.J. Terrell being the best-case scenario and Bryce Hall being the worst-case scenario. This speaks to the depth of this class, as any of these options would be of decent value.
Terrell by far seems like the best player of the trio and has a legitimate starter upside. What this means is that some of the names lower in the rankings could see a fall into the third or fourth round. Even with the need not huge, the Steelers could still target the position (likely later) to add to the depth.