Entering the 2023 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a number of draft needs that they needed to address. Unlike in 2022, the Steelers possessed a full allotment of draft picks without any glaring need on their roster.
With seven total picks, the following positions could be viewed as a priority entering the selection process: safety, offensive tackle, cornerback, wide receiver and even inside linebacker. Those positions, and more, were positions of need to help the black-and-gold get to the next level in 2023. There have been numerous thoughts and debates regarding what the team will do in Round 7 of the NFL Draft.
When the dust settled, the Steelers have selected CB Cory Trice Jr. out of Purdue with their first pick in the 7th Round of the draft.
With the first of their two selections in the seventh round the Steelers pick CB Cory Trice Jr. from Purdue.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) April 29, 2023
For those who want to know more about Trice as a prospect, this is from our own BTSC Big Board:
Trice is a big, long cornerback with the physicality to match. Trice does a nice job of rerouting receivers off the line, displaying active hands when playing near the line in press coverage. He is also a well-rounded athlete who provides good long speed and impressive lateral fluidity. I spoke with one of Purdue’s coaches at the NFL Scouting Combine while Trice was doing his on-field workout, and he felt as if Trice’s combine performance would be enough to make people take notice of his game. Most fans do not know about Trice yet, but do not be surprised if he is taken a little earlier than expected on draft weekend. His play down the stretch last season was some of the best amongst all Big Ten defensive backs.
On top of the above breakdown, here is the player profile for Trice Jr. from The Draft Network:
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Great blend of height, weight, and arm length
- Man coverage ability
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Long speed
- Diagnosing plays in zone
- Ball production
Size (NFL Combine):
Height: 6′ 3”
Weight: 206 lbs
Arm Length: 32 3/8”
Hand Size: 9 3/4”
Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):
40-yard Dash: 4.47s
Vertical Jump: 35.5”
Broad Jump: 11′ 0”
Bench Reps: 17 reps
Ideal Role: Rotational cornerback
Scheme Fit: Man-heavy with mixtures of zone coverage
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