2014 NFL Mock Draft: Steelers take Florida CB Marcus Roberson in second round

Sam Greenwood

After adding Kelvin Benjamin in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Steelers pick up Florida's long and lanky Marcus Roberson in the second, filling two positions of need with their first two picks.

Walter Report's Charlie Campbell likes what he's seen in Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson.

With size-challenged (but big on talent) CB Jason Verrett off the board just a pick earlier to Detroit, his mock draft has the Steelers taking Roberson with the 46th overall pick.

His reasoning:

Roberson (6-0, 191) has upside to be man-cover corner with an nice combination of size and speed. I know some league sources who are high on Roberson. The Gators left him on man-coverage islands throughout his collegiate career, and he performed excellently, especially in 2012. Teams rarely tested Roberson as he blanketed his receivers.

It's as solid a bet as it gets; the Steelers are going to add a cornerback, very likely somewhere within the first three rounds. The Steelers don't have their third round pick, having traded it last year to Cleveland for the rights to take Shamarko Thomas - when safety was the position needing depth for the future. It's cornerback this year, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Steelers make a move if they have to for a cornerback they can get to contribute his rookie year and work into a starting role shortly after that.

Maybe Roberson is that player. He'd likely compete more realistically for playing time in Year 1 than Campbell's projected first round pick, Kelvin Benjamin, would, but it'd be a solid first two picks for a franchise that really needs to make a few scores in this draft.

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