Way-too-early Steelers 2024 Mock Draft: Training camp edition

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Steelers mock draft round 5: Tyreek Chappell, CB

Tyreek Chapell has played mostly outside cornerback for the Aggies but he’s a natural slot defender. He has good man-cover skills and does a good job jamming the receiver at the line of scrimmage. His backpedal has been called ‘explosive’. He keeps close to the WR and is physically going after the ball. He has the leaping ability to compete with bigger receivers high-pointing the ball. He’s a ball hawk and will bait the QB to throw in his direction.

He keeps an eye toward the line of scrimmage when trailing the WR and tracks the ball very well. Though he’s not that big, he should be able to handle some outside CB duties. He doesn’t back down going against bigger physical receivers. A team leader in the secondary, he is vocal in calling out coverages.

Chappell is aggressive in run support and plays bigger than his listed height and weight. He has good read and reaction times. He’s good at slipping blocks and he also likes to deliver a lick on the ball carrier and almost always attempts to strip the ball. Chappell can be an effective blitzer.

In 2022 Chapell had 44 tackles, 2.5 for a loss, and 8 pass deflections. In his two year career, he has 5.5 tackles for loss, one interception, and 17 pass deflections. He has extensive special teams experience on the field goal and punt blocking units. He could be a very good gunner. Chappell should be able to do some sub duty early while being groomed for a starting spot at Nickel.