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Ike Taylor thinks Steelers should draft a cornerback in first round

Swaggin' U wants a new partner. Perhaps the Steelers will grab another cornerback, thinks Steelers CB Ike Taylor.

Julian Finney

Appearing on his weekly TribLive Radio show, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor thinks the Steelers will draft him a new colleague in the first round.

Not that it's a bold prediction; most suggest the Steelers will make a cornerback their first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert, Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard, Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller, TCU CB Jason Verrett and Ohio State CB Bradley Roby are the consensus top five corners in this draft, and it's a good bet four of those five will be available at 15 - Gilbert may go higher, but it's unlikely the others will.

Taylor also noted a prediction the Steelers will grab Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant in the second round.

Bryant, a long-gliding 6-foot-4 athletic freak, is among the rawer candidates at the receiver position in this draft. He averaged over 19 yards a catch his last year with the Tigers, playing opposite consensus top receiver Sammy Watkins.

We noted Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert saw Bryant and Clemson back in November, and anyone can see the athletic talent Bryant has. He has a ways to go in terms of route-running and contributing to the position in a way other than just running fly routes.

Taylor worked out with West Virginia product Tavon Austin before the 2013 draft, where the Rams selected him with the eighth overall pick.