4 current Steelers who will become studs in the playoffs

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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton (20) and cornerback Mike Hilton (28) Mandatory Credit: Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports /

Cameron Sutton

Cameron Sutton had a lot to prove this season as he was entering the final year of his rookie deal. While he had been a great reserve and capable role player, there were still questions about his viability as a constant starter. After the season he had there is little question about what caliber of player he is. Despite playing in a deep secondary, Sutton could make the claim as the best coverage player of the group after Minkah Fitzpatrick

Better yet, Sutton has proven to be a threat as a sub-package safety, slot corner, and outside corner. That versatility mixed in with his great coverage skills lines him up for a bigger role in the playoffs. Throw in the fact that Joe Haden is likely to miss the first round of the playoffs due to him testing positive for COVID, and suddenly Sutton will be the starter against the Browns this week.

His play during the season has been great, and it would be surprising to see him lose a beat in the playoffs. He’ll serve as the primary outside corner this week, and while he will likely go back as a reserve after Haden returns, it doesn’t mean he won’t see the field. If the Steelers move on, they will potentially be facing one or both of the better passing offenses in the league with the Bills and the Chiefs. That means the team will play plenty of dime, meaning Sutton will still be a critical piece on defense. I think he makes a few big plays in the playoffs to cap off an already great coming out season he has had.