10 realistic replacements Steelers could find for CB Steven Nelson

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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton (20). Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Cameron Sutton

Honestly, using Cameron Sutton on the outside may just be a given with Nelson out the door. This won’t be his permanent spot though if I had to guess which is why he finds himself so low on the list. While in base defense Sutton can play the other outside cornerback spot next to Joe Haden, he will more than likely man the slot when the team goes into sub package.

That said, if the Steelers decided to look at finding another slot corner instead of Sutton, he could realistically shift to the outside full time. He was great everywhere he played last year, so he has the flexibility to play anywhere in the secondary this year. If the team wants to shore up their outside options first, moving Sutton there permanently would be the best bet.

That said, the draft has quite a few outside options to consider. This makes the most sense, as Sutton can play the outside spot while a rookie develops and then shift to the slot when in sub package. Sutton will see his role expand for sure, and there is a real possibility that he latches on as the full-time outside starter. That said, until a slot only type of corner is brought in, Sutton will still have to play the inside for now.