Steelers mock draft: Pittsburgh dips into QB pool in second round
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers third-round pick: CB Jermaine Waller
The Steelers need cornerback help so desperately that I wouldn’t be surprised if they dipped their feet into this position as early as the first round in April’s draft. However, history suggests that they may wait a few rounds before grabbing their guy.
In 2021, Cameron Sutton, James Pierre, and Justin Layne have all been disappointments in the secondary, while Joe Haden seems unlikely to return after comments he made prior to the start of the season when contract extension talks fell through. In addition, Ahkello Witherspoon is an unrestricted free agent after this year.
Who knows who Pittsburgh’s starting cornerbacks will be next season. While Jermaine Waller might not be an immediate fix, he gives the Steelers another long cornerback who can come in and compete on the outside.
At 6’1” and roughly 180 pounds, Waller has a lean body type in the mold of Layne. However, he made much more plays in college with 7 career interceptions — 4 of which came during the 2021 season. Waller projects as a developmental outside cornerback. Perhaps he could be the player Justin Layne was drafted to be.