Steelers should be looking ahead at the 2024 NFL Draft full of talent

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If Patrick Peterson struggles, cornerback could be another issue

Father Time is undefeated and that streak will not end with Patrick Peterson becoming immortal. He signed a two-year contract with the Steelers through the free agency portion of the offseason. Peterson still has some good play in front of him, but that age will become a factor sooner rather than later. His potential position flexibility could prolong his career, just not at cornerback.

If things fail with Peterson as the starting outside cornerback opposite of Joey Porter Jr., this need could vault to the top of the to-do list for Pittsburgh. They desperately need to find a long-term answer at slot corner, but the outside does have some question marks surrounding it. Expect a potential draft next year that could go after another cornerback early.

One of the coolest names that will come out of the 2024 NFL draft is Kool-Aid McKinstry. He is a corner out of Alabama and will likely be a top pick in next year's draft. This upcoming season will be the determining factor of how early this player will go in the draft. He showed the league a hint of what he can be, but this season should allow him to show what he is.