4 Steelers draft picks with the biggest chip on their shoulder

Steelers, Cory Trice Jr.
Steelers, Cory Trice Jr. / Nikos Frazier / Journal & Courier
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1. CB Cory Trice Jr.

Of all the players who were selected this past April, Cory Trice Jr. will have a chance to prove why he was the biggest steal of them all. If you put on the Purdue tape, Trice pops on film with his sticky man coverage ability and outstanding effort supporting the run. This resulted in him earning one of the best run-defense grades Pro Football Focus handed out at the cornerback position in 2022.

Trice has exceptionally rare traits. At 6'3'' and 206 pounds, Trice recorded an 11'0'' broad jump while running a 4.06 shuttle and an outstanding 6.70 3-cone. The collection of his size and traits makes him a 96th-percentile athlete at the position.

When you pair this with excellent film and a well-rounded skill set, you have a player who may have deserved to go as early as the second round. Sadly, like Washington, medical red flags caused teams to remove him from their board, as Trice has a history of ankle and knee injuries.

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In the end, this could be their loss. Trice had to start the 2022 season with a knee brace as he recovered from his ACL tear, but he played all 13 games last season and had a terrific year at Purdue. If he can stay healthy, the talent will show itself and Cory Trice will prove why every team was wrong for passing him up numerous times in the NFL Draft.