The last time the Pittsburgh Steelers scouting department was at Colorado State looking at a prospect, it was likely to see a young defensive end/outside linebacker named Joey Porter. Porter was drafted by the Steelers, and is now the outside linebackers coach for the team, and the Colorado State alumni was back on campus with the scouting department, but this time to check out cornerback DeAndre Elliott.
Elliot has the look of a NFL cornerback. Standing at 6-feet 1-inch tall, he is above the line of criticism when it comes to what fans believe is quality size for a defensive back. It was his workout at the NFL Scouting Combine which turned heads of NFL Scouts, to the point where many might be adding his name on their Big Boards.
At the Combine he had the second-best vertical leap of 41 inches, just a half-inch below Florida State's Jalen Ramsey.
He also finished second among the 37 cornerbacks participating in the combine in the 20-yard shuttle run with a time of 3.93 seconds - just a hundredth of a second slower than Temple's Tavon Young.
Elliott also turned in top-10 performances in the standing broad jump, finishing sixth at 10 feet, 3 inches, and in the three-cone drill, finishing eighth in 6.93 seconds.
His 40-yard dash time of 4.55 seconds might shy some away, especially when that time was 23rd among other prospects at the scouting event.
In 2015, Elliott started 11 games for the Rams, and was able to pick off two passes adding his collegiate total to 7 overall. Most "experts" view Elliott as a late round or undrafted free agent selection, this is the type of athlete a team like the Steelers could target either as a free agent or a late round pick who could pay dividends at the NFL level. When it comes to areas of need, the Steelers' secondary would certainly trump any other position heading into 2016.