Grading each pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers 2023 draft class

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Round 7 - Pick 241 - Cory Trice, CB, Purdue

Grade: B+

Just as I predicted in my seven-round mock draft, the Steelers took a chance on Purdue cornerback Cory Trice. While he's not ready for a starting role out of the gate, the former Boilermaker has outstanding size and upside.

Trice (6-3, 206) posted a solid 4.47 in the 40-yard dash at the combine, along with a 4.06 in the 20-yard shuttle at his Pro Day. In addition, he had an impressive 132-inch broad jump and a 6.70 time in the 3-Cone Drill.

On the field, opposing quarterbacks posted a 51.3 quarterback rating when targeting Trice last season according to He made nine pass break-ups and collected two interceptions as a fifth-year senior.

Considering Trice has the size, skills, and talent to develop into a possible future starter for the Steelers, he could be a steal at this pick if rumored medical concerns check out.

Like Porter, Trice is more of a press corner who should line up close to the line of scrimmage. Can you imagine these two tall corners lining up opposite of one another as starters for the Steelers in a couple of years?

Overall, Trice is considered by many to be a boom or bust candidate, but I like this pick, especially in the seventh round.