5 potential replacements for Steelers CB Joe Haden in 2022
By Tommy Jaggi
Andrew Booth Jr., Clemson
If the Steelers decide not to get Joe Haden’s replacement in free agency or if they are outbid on all of the quality options they have their eye on, finding a replacement via the 2022 NFL Draft is also an option. If Kevin Colbert decides to go this route in his final season with the team, Andrew Booth Jr. could be an option in the first round.
The Clemson star defender is one of the most highly-touted cornerbacks in a strong CB class this year. While LSU’s Derek Stingley will be the first cornerback off the board, it’s anyone’s guess after that. If Booth happens to fall far enough, Pittsburgh could snatch him up to be a long-time starter on the outside.
With just 3 interceptions and 9 pass defenses in college, Booth isn’t the most productive cornerback in the class, but he’s young, physical, and talented — three traits that will help the Steelers fall in love with him in the draft process.
Booth is listed at 6’0” and 195 pounds, and his demeanor is exactly what the Steelers look for in the secondary. I know they haven’t been good at drafting cornerbacks, but a player like Andrew Booth would almost certainly change that.