5 defensive draft prospects Steelers fans must watch during the Senior Bowl Game

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Tykee Smith provides attractive position flexibility to the NFL Draft

One of the more intriguing options in the secondary down at the Senior Bowl is Tykee Smith of Georgia. He hails from Philadelphia and was at West Virginia for the first two years of his collegiate career before transferring over to the Bulldogs program. It was a smart move as he gained the starting role for Georgia, which routinely has one of the best defenses in college.

Smith doesn't have a scary frame or size, but he plays big and is not afraid to apply his skills to different areas of the field. He played the "star" role during his time in West Virginia and Georgia. He played all over the field and that allowed his versatility to show. That role demands the player to be in the box, slot, and covering the open field too.

Getting an upgrade in the slot is something that the Steelers have been searching for. Since Mike Hilton left in free agency a couple of years ago, Pittsburgh has not been able to find a long-term sustainable answer. Drafting someone like Smith should be able to provide that and give Minkah Fitzpatrick a potential partner for a while.

Going safety with one of the top two picks is something many don't expect the Steelers to do. They have a need there, so it is not out of the realm of possibility. There are a lot of other pressing needs that they will need to address in the draft. Smith is a guy who can fix a couple of issues on defense, so the value of him in the second round would be justified by the Steelers.