Steelers 2024 mock draft: Holiday edition brings plenty of gifts to Pittsburgh

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Rounding out the draft here as the Steelers take a couple of cornerbacks

. Daequan Hardy. Daequan Hardy. . . player. 491. Cornerback. Daequan Hardy. 6

The secondary kind of gets pushed back in this mock draft when it comes to the cornerback position. Not only do the Steelers need another option on the outside, but they need someone that can challenge for the slot cornerback spot. That is where Daequan Hardy comes into play. He showed up big for Penn State's defense.

He was able to come into that role after gaining it throughout the season. He was tremendous at it and was able to secure that starting spot on one of the most talented defenses in college football this past season. The Steelers need an upgrade over guys like Chandon Sullivan and Elijah Riley, and Hardy should fit that bill.

439. Ja'quan Sheppard. Ja'quan Sheppard. . Cornerback. 7. Ja'quan Sheppard. . . player

A lot going on with this prospect, but Mike Tomlin keeps his Maryland streak of draft prospects. Ja'quan Sheppard is an interesting prospect that could remind some of Tre Norwood somewhat. He has the same ability coming out of college where he can play in multiple spots and positions across the defense.

He has lined up at safety, slot cornerback, and on the outside cornerback spot. It would allow the Steelers to add someone who can add competition to plenty of spots on the back end of their roster. Pittsburgh needs more players like this who can play different roles for the team. Sheppard is a good choice to round out this mock draft.

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