One rookie cornerback is overlooked now, but that could change in training camp
Most eyes will be glued to the secondary of the Steelers during the pre-season with the amount of turnover there. You will see a new starter at safety and potentially at all three cornerback spots. Patrick Peterson is the big question mark now as the club will try him out at a few different spots before settling on his role.
Right now, Peterson seems to be in the slot for this defense, which would be beneficial to all if he worked out nicely there. That would allow the likes of Joey Porter Jr., Levi Wallace, Cory Trice, and James Pierre to battle for the outside corner spots. It will be an interesting battle to watch commence as the team looks to watch the dust settle out of training camp.
One name listed above that has been overlooked since being drafted is Trice. He has enjoyed strong OTAs that have been overshadowed by the coverage of Porter. The obvious headlines are there for the second-round pick, but that has caused his fellow rookie teammate to miss some of the spotlight recently.
Trice is a long cornerback just like Porter is and had a great career at Purdue. He should be able to transition to the NFL well, but his seventh-round selection could slow down any shot that he has when it comes to him playing meaningful snaps on defense. If Peterson does start in the slot, Porter will start at one of the outside positions, which could open the door for Trice to start opposite of him.