5 players Steelers must select in the third day of the draft

Coby Bryant #7 of the Cincinnati Bearcats. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Coby Bryant #7 of the Cincinnati Bearcats. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images) /
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Coby Bryant #7 of the Cincinnati Bearcats. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Steelers best fit #1

A name I have been all over and one that the Steelers have shown some interest in, Coby Bryant has the makings of a quality starting cornerback eventually for the team. He isn’t as flashy as his running mate, fourth overall pick Ahmad Gardner, but he is a steady presence that does well in coverage. For a team that has struggled to field a consistent secondary, Bryant could be a stabilizing force.

If you were hoping to land Andrew Booth in the second round like I was, Bryant would be a good consolation prize. He isn’t as athletic as the Clemson product, but he has a lot of similar traits to Booth. Bryant excels in both man and zone coverage and can use his size to press if need be. He isn’t always flashy, but he is battle-tested and has held his own through multiple seasons of heavy targets.

The Steelers have their starting cornerbacks set as of now, but no one can be seen as true long-term options as their three starters will all be free agents again within a year or two. Bryant can take this first season to see some rotational snaps and play some on special teams. Long term, he should become a capable starter and a talented addition to this secondary.

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The Steelers have had a strong start to this draft, but a solid day three haul will put a bow on the entire process. There are still some needs that have to be filled, but luckily there are some talented players that can fill them. Keep your eye on these five options once the fourth round of the draft kicks off.