Steelers mock draft round 3: Mike Sanristil, CB, Michigan
Don't let his sub-5'10'' and 184-pound frame fool you, Mike Sainristil is a football player. The talented cornerback started his college career as a wide receiver for Michigan -- playing three seasons on offense before flipping to the defensive side of the ball. The move will prove to be the right choice.
In only his second season playing the cornerback position at the collegiate level, Sainristil was a big-play machine -- recording 5 interceptions, 4.0 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. The star Wolverines defensive back also managed to turn his picks into a whopping 151 return yards and 2 defensive touchdowns, per Sports Reference.
While the Steelers desperately need to find a boundary cornerback to pair long-term with Joey Porter Jr., they could still use a slot cornerback to shore up their secondary. Pittsburgh had this in the past with players like Mike Hilton and Cameron Sutton, but over the past two seasons, Arthur Maulet and Chandon Sullivan have shown why the nickel CB position is so important.
Sainristil uses his former receiver skills to his advantage and can be dangerous to throw at. This is exactly what the Steelers could use in their secondary, and his physical demeanor will fit right in. It doesn't hurt that he comes from an excellent Michigan football program (that Mike Tomlin loves, by the way).