4 rookies the Steelers are regretting passing in the 2021 NFL Draft
By Andrew Falce
Steelers missed on Hobbs
Drafted 167th overall
The Steelers defensive backs have been put to the test so far this season. Losses in the offseason and injuries this year have left this group depleted at times. Nate Hobbs has been one of the bright rookie defensive backs this season. He has shifted comfortably inside to the slot for the Raiders, and he has been a consistent and steady presence there ever since.
Longtime Steelers slot cornerback Mike Hilton left for the Bengals in the offseason, leaving a gaping hole there for this season. While Arthur Maulet and Tre Norwood have done ok there, the constant rotation has been tough at times on the defense. Hobbs would have been able to start there from day one as he has done with the Raiders.
Hobbs has been that utility player for the Raiders defense that the Steelers are lacking. He can cover, can blitz, and is a solid tackler from his slot spot. He has also contributed heavily on special teams for the Raiders, further adding to his value as a player. While Norwood has been a solid rookie addition, Hobbs would have been a more valuable starter far earlier for the team. He would have been a steal in the fifth round.