The Pittsburgh Steelers have publicly stated they are "tracking" the big named cornerbacks in the upcoming 2016 NFL Draft, and rightfully so. After all, the team needs to solidify one of the weakest positions within the team's lineup. However, don't think they are just taking a look at players like Kendall Fuller, Eli Apple and Mackensie Alexander. No, they are looking at options in the mid-to-late rounds as well.
This is one of the reasons the team sent scouts to watch cornerback Tavon Young at his Temple Pro Day.
Young is a tremendous athlete with great coverage and ball skills. In his time at Temple, where he saw significant playing time since he was a freshman on campus, Young has been a key cog in the Owls' defensive backfield. However, that doesn't mean there aren't reservations with Young being a draft choice for a NFL franchise.
Just as the Steelers second round pick in 2015, Senquez Golson, Young falls South of the cornerback Mendoza height line by standing at 5-feet 9-inches and 183-pounds. Unlike Golson, Young doesn't have the speed, agility and vertical to make up for his lack of height.
Nonetheless, just because Young isn't above 6-feet tall doesn't mean he couldn't be a late round pick for a team desperate for cornerbacks who can play in both man and zone coverage schemes. Young is able to play both coverage schemes, bump coverage and is more than capable in run support. Young is described as "feisty" by NFL scouts, as well as a great leader.
Most project Young to be drafted near the 5th round, and this could be the perfect type of player for the Steelers to double-dip on when it comes to getting a second cornerback in the upcoming draft.