While many of the common names are being discussed for the Steelers in the draft, there are some prospects that should be focused on.
The draft is the opposite of exact science. Every year, hundreds of young men are categorized as studs, busts, and sleepers with no general consensus as to who fits what category. The Steelers are one of the better drafting teams in the NFL, but even they have their curious picks. One that doesn’t make as much sense on the surface, but when you dig deeper the dots are connected. Here are five prospects that no one is talking about but are likely on the team’s radar.
This is a name I’ve started to throw out more often, as Caleb Farley was at one point considered a top-ten pick due to his man and press coverage skills. Despite being a former offensive player, Farley has thrived as a cornerback. His biggest concern is his injury history, as some nagging injuries have affected him. That said, he could easily be a top-man cover cornerback at the pro level assuming his injuries don’t mess with him long term.
What’s pushing him down draft boards are the injury concerns mixed in with how hyped the other two prospects are. Both Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II killed their pre-draft process. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Farley fall as a result. The Steelers have shown interest, as defensive backs coach Teryl Austin was at Virginia Tech’s pro day and the team has met with him personally on zoom. It would take a bit of a fall, but given the team’s needs at cornerback, drafting Farley in the first makes a lot of sense.