The Pittsburgh Steelers can’t get enough of the ‘bros’ in their secondary, and the Steelers brass was thrilled to get in on the action in a big way this week.
While the Steelers are still in the midst of the NFL playoffs, they have been making big splash moves in free agency and in the draft.
Now the Steelers have an entire secondary to build around, and they’re ready to get the job done.
The Steelers were on the clock with three picks in the second round on Thursday night, and with a late round pick in the third round, they ended up selecting Marcus Sherels.
The Pittsburgh native has been one of the most productive corners in the NFL in recent years, and he’s one of three players on the Steelers defense to be drafted in the first round this year.
Sherels was the first player selected by Pittsburgh, and while the Steelers probably could have gone a bit higher, they made a wise move in taking him.
Sherel’s speed and athleticism make him a special talent in the secondary, so he was definitely the best player available.
The Steelers have already been on the lookout for a cornerback with speed, and Sherel has the skill set to help that cause.
The other cornerback on the roster is Josh Boyce.
Boyce is a 6-foot-1, 203-pound defensive back who was the fifth overall pick in 2016.
The former Alabama player made a big impact on the defensive side of the ball for Alabama this year, recording eight tackles, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
He has a good feel for the position and is a physical player who is always ready to play.
Boyces speed and playmaking ability makes him an ideal fit for the Steelers.
While he was a third-round pick, he was signed to a three-year deal worth $10 million.
Boycie could easily end up being a third or fourth corner on the field in Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Steelers also have two defensive backs that could potentially be available in the fourth round.
They’re currently targeting cornerback Jalen Collins, and if the Steelers take Collins, they would be taking a veteran.
The first cornerback that they’re targeting is defensive back Teez Tabor.
Tabor has a big arm and can make plays in space, and his playmaking abilities are very similar to Boyce’s.
The big question will be whether Tabor can translate his play-making abilities to the other side of a defense, or whether he can do the same in the Steelers’ base defense.
Tabor is a very good pass defender, and Pittsburgh could certainly use him to help fill out their secondary.
The team is also on the hunt for a defensive back, but they have to be careful because they don’t have much depth.