Top 12 Sleepers for Steelers heading into the 2023 NFL Draft

Stanford Cardinal cornerback Kyu Blu Kelly (17)
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5. Keondre Coburn, NT, Texas

Martin is a big physical freak that can become a top-nose tackle in the league if he is given the time and development that he needs. Keondre Coburn is the exact opposite, as he is a player close to his ceiling that can start early, but will never get much past where he is at. He is a short and stout run defender, and that is all that he will be in the NFL.

Coburn doesn’t have the potential that a lot of the nose tackles in this draft have. He doesn’t have an elite frame and has poor length. What he does possess is a strong lower half that can give interior players fits. He often requires double teams as he uses his shorter frame to gain leverage on centers. He doesn’t rack up stats, but he does take up space and open the door for other players.

Coburn will never be much more than a two-down run defender, but landing a capable player like that on day three is worth it. He can start early, has a clear role, and doesn’t need much development as a pro. He lacks the elite traits to make him a dynamic defender, but he can be a stable two-down defender for this defense.