The Pittsburgh Steelers could have a cornerback high on their list to draft for the upcoming event in April. Here’s who they could target in the 2023 NFL Draft.
One need that the Steelers might consider heading into this draft is cornerback. Ahkello Witherspoon and Levi Wallace did not perform to the standard that the club thought they would, and Cam Sutton is scheduled to become a free agent. There are a lot of question marks right now that could lead to this position being a focus come draft day.
Pittsburgh is not great at evaluating talent in the secondary, especially when it comes to the cornerback spot. For one reason or another, their recent selections taking defensive backs have failed for the most part. There will be some interesting options available with their top three picks in this draft, which might turn out to be one of the selections.
Honorable mentions for the Steelers to keep an eye on
Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
Clark Phillips will be all over the board for teams as he could go anywhere from the top corner taken or waiting until the second round. His size reminds many of Roger McCreary coming out of Auburn last year. Phillips is sticky in coverage and should be able to have a great career defending the slot, even if he is undersized.
Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Cam Smith fits the bill for what most teams are looking for in their top corners. The Steelers could use some of his position flexibility and range to their secondary right now. Smith had a great season with the Gamecocks and should hear his name called during the first two nights of the event after being projected anywhere from the first to the second round.
Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
One of the lower ceiling corners on this list, Devon Witherspoon is probably the lowest ranked out of this group. He is a sizable lanky defender that has good ability for the position. Witherspoon is said to be gaining some steam heading into the pre-draft process so he could rise into the first-round conversation or he could fall into the third round.