Steelers lacking future starters at 3 of the most important positions in NFL

Chukwuma Okorafor #76 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Chukwuma Okorafor #76 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tee Higgins (85) catches a touchdown pass as Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback James Pierre (42). /

Steelers lacking a future number one cornerback

Joe Haden has been a quality football player for the Steelers, and one of the better free agent signings in the Kevin Colbert era. However, his best days are long behind him and Haden is very unlikely to return to the team in 2022 — considering he essentially already said his farewells when Pittsburgh declined a contract extension.

In addition, the Steelers simply have not done a good job when it comes to finding cornerback talent. Cameron Sutton is serviceable as a CB2 and offers some versatility, but the rest of the roster is thoroughly underwhelming.

James Pierre has been a letdown after fans had high hopes for him early in the season, and while Ahkello Witherspoon has had his moments, he’s nothing more than a depth option. On top of this, the team swung and missed on Justin Layne in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Pittsburgh sought out help at the cornerback position with a talented player in free agency or even one of their top draft choices. Having the ability to lock down opposing wide receivers with a star cornerback is one of the most important pieces a roster could have, and the Steelers don’t have a number one corner on their roster.