The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking to bolster their secondary in the upcoming draft, but the thought of the team taking a cornerback in the first round seems a bit outlandish considering their history of avoiding taking cornerbacks in the first round.
With the 25th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Steelers could have some decisions to make, and will most likely take the Best Player Available (BPA) at several positions, cornerback included, when their number is called to make a selection. Our friends at WalterFootball.com have released their latest Mock Draft, and they, like many others, have the Ohio State CB Eli Apple linked to the Steelers with their first round draft pick.
See what they had to say about the selection:
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
The Steelers have to upgrade their cornerbacks and get a replacement for William Gay.
In 2015, Apple recorded one interception, eight passes broken up and 33 tackles. He had some coverage lapses early on, but played better to close out the year. Apple has a good skill set and lots of upside to develop. He was very impressive for the Buckeyes in 2014 down the stretch of their title run, recording 53 tackles with three interceptions and 10 passes broken up on the year. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Apple looks like he has No. 1-corner potential.
Experts seems sold on Pittsburgh finally going cornerback in the first round, but fans rightfully will be skeptical. The one downside to taking Apple is he is extremely raw and inexperienced. The Steelers defense could benefit from a first round rookie who could come in and help contribute immediately, like Bud Dupree did in 2015, and with Apple's lack of experience at Ohio State it might raise some red flags.
Nonetheless, fans would certainly be pleased if the team finally decides to end their drought of drafting a cornerback in the first round of the Draft, whether it is Apple or not.