It isn't a secret the Pittsburgh Steelers need to focus on the defensive side of the football in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft. With the Pittsburgh offense being one of the more dynamic and prolific units in the NFL, it is the secondary of the defense where most fans consider the team's most dire needs.
However, anyone who has followed the Steelers and their draft philosophy should know they rarely look at the cornerback position, or even safety for that matter, in the first round of the draft. In the 2015 draft, the Steelers selected a cornerback in the second round, Senquez Golson out of Ole Miss. Even a cornerback in the second was a shock to many follwers of the black and gold.
So, when SB Nation put out their first 2-round mock draft of the 2016 season, it came as a surprise to see them having the Steelers taking a cornerback in Round 1, and a safety in Round 2. See who they have slated to be the next members of the black and gold.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Steelers have needed a true No. 1 cornerback for some time, and Apple can be that player. Although he entered the draft after just his redshirt sophomore season, Apple's physical traits have him ready for the NFL.
58. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
Is it possible? Could the Steelers give the fans exactly what they want for their favorite team next season? Well, considering this is really just taking an educated guess at which players will be available and the greatest team needs -- then yes it is possible.
How likely is it? Not very likely at all, in my opinion. The Steelers will likely be looking to improve their pass rush, still, and will be targeting a defensive linemen to help fill out the Cameron Heyward and Stephon Tuitt rotation, as well as an edge rusher who might be able to help add depth at the outside linebacker position. If the Steelers look at their secondary in the draft, my guess is the earliest they do so is the 2nd round for the second consecutive year.