With training camp now fully underway, these six former draft picks could be in danger of losing their roster spot.
The Steelers have begun training camp and reports are coming in fast and furious. While not everything has been good news, there is plenty of news to digest with the team right now. It has become apparent that some former Steelers draft picks could be in danger of losing their roster spot.
Here are six former draft picks that could lose this roster spot after camp.
To say things haven’t worked out for former third-round draft pick Justin Layne would be an understatement. There was some serious draft hype for the former Michigan State cornerback, as some even had him as a potential first-round pick. He never developed well as a defensive player, and now he finds himself in a very crowded defensive back room.
The only saving grace to Layne is his special team’s ability. He has developed into a capable gunner on coverage units. While an important role to play, it is also something that can be replaced. A name like Miles Boykin sticks out as a potential gunner and he can also contribute as a receiver. Even fellow cornerback James Pierre can serve as a gunner and the team trusts him more as a defensive player.
Layne’s roster spot was never secured due to his ability only as a special teams player. That said, camp hasn’t started off as he likely hoped. Undrafted rookie Carlins Platel popped up early in with a pick. Layne, to this point, has been unspectacular. He may already be on the outside looking in this year.