1. Cornerback is the Steelers biggest need
After an impressive stretch to close the 2021 season, Ahkello Witherspoon was supposed to be a key contributor for the Steelers this season, but that plan really backfired on them. A nagging hamstring injury has kept Witherspoon out of commission for most of the season. However, even when he played, the results were not good.
Cameron Sutton was clearly the best cornerback on Pittsburgh’s roster in 2022, but the soon-to-be 28-year-old cornerback has a voided contract following the season. I fully expect Omar Khan to try to retain Sutton with a contract extension, but that still only gives them one quality option.
Levi Wallace was as expected and didn’t cost the Steelers a ton of money, but I still think he would be best as the team’s third or fourth cornerback. James Pierre should be a player near the bottom of the roster.
Sutton is legitimately the only Steelers cornerback who would be a top-three cornerback on many other teams. I know fans have a sour taste in their mouths from missing on Artie Burns, but this team must invest in the cornerback position in order for this team to play like an elite unit against good quarterbacks. Right now, this CB room is scary-bad outside of Sutton.