5 cornerbacks on Steelers draft radar after cutting Steven Nelson

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Northwestern Wildcats defensive back Greg Newsome II (2). Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /

Greg Newsome

I’m hearing more and more teams that have Greg Newsome listed as the top cornerback on their big boards in the 2021 NFL Draft, and that is a little bit surprising to me. However, the Northwestern product has made terrific strides over each of the past two seasons and was on pace for the best year of his college career after his first three games.

Unfortunately, Newsome has just a 17-game sample size over three years in college – which could scare the Steelers away from him. However, Newsome is a no-fly-zone cornerback who has the ability to shut down one side of the field, and the fact that he showed improvement over each game that he played is enough to convince several teams into believing he is the best cornerback in this year’s class.

Because of his small college sample size, Newsome doesn’t seem like the most likely candidate to end up in Pittsburgh this year, but the Steelers did have some personnel on hand for Northwestern’s Pro Day. If the value is right, he could be hard to pass on – especially now that there is a pressing need at the position.

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With both Mike Hilton and Steven Nelson not returning to the team in 2021, cornerback immediately becomes one of the Steelers biggest draft needs this April, and already they have taken an interest in some of the top cornerback prospects this year. It will be interesting to see if they go this route as early as the 24th pick. At the very least, these five names have to be on their radar this April.