10 realistic replacements Steelers could find for CB Steven Nelson

Casey Hayward #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Asante Samuel Jr
Florida State Seminoles defensive back Asante Samuel Jr. (26) at Doak S. Campbell Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.Fsu Vs Clemson1011a /

Asante Samuel Jr.

Going back to the draft for the two most best fits for the Steelers in replacing Nelson, Asante Samuel Jr. would be quite the typical pick for the team. Strong NFL bloodlines, great college production, and being an underclassmen all add to Samuel’s value for the team. Better yet, there is a chance that he falls into the second round given just how strong this cornerback class is.

If he does make it to pick 55, he would be a no-brainer selection. Samuels is a fit both on the outside and inside and is a natural playing in man coverage. He is a smart coverage player as well, routinely tricking quarterbacks into bad throws his way. This allowed him to pick three passes off last season. His ability to create turnovers is a huge plus for any defensive back.

Samuel could come in and start right away on defense. His only is his height, as he is a little shorter and that could cause some fits with taller receivers. Beyond that though, Samuel has the look and play style of an outside cornerback. The team may be forced to go after him in the first if his value goes up any more, but in the second he would be a home run pick. While having to take him in the first isn’t ideal, even then it wouldn’t be the end of the world.