If the Steelers opt to take a cornerback in the 2016 draft, there are many attractive options at defensive back. Vernon Hargreaves III out of Florida and Jalen Ramsey of Florida State will likely be off of the board by the time the Steelers draft, but there will still be a lot of talented players on the board who can give the Steelers the boost they need. Pair a potential 2016 draft pick with Senquez Golson (if he pans out), and the Steelers problems in the secondary could be solved.
Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
Another cornerback who is "vertically challenged" with skills that make him play much bigger than his draft profile may read. See what Todd McShay of ESPN had to say about Hargreaves III on his latest 'Big Board':
The two best wide receivers Hargreaves and Florida faced this season -- Ole Miss' Laquon Treadwell (No. 12 on this list) and LSU's Travin Dural -- barely broke 100 yards receiving collectively. With three interceptions in his first six games of 2015, it's clear Hargreaves is an upper-echelon talent. He lacks ideal size (5-11, 199), but he has the instincts and aggressiveness to develop into a good outside starting cornerback in the NFL. Hargreaves does a good job in press-man coverage, consistently redirecting wide receivers.
Next game: Florida plays the Georgia Saturday on CBS on October 31st at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
Alexander is a redshirt sophomore who has considered himself the best cornerback in the country. Now, with Clemson's success so far this season, Alexander is generating positive buzz among scouts and analysts. At 5'10", Alexander is not tall, but he makes up for it with incredible athleticism.
Alexander's stats do not tell the whole story. Quarterbacks generally avoid throwing the ball in his direction, perhaps because he has not allowed a touchdown pass in the last 16 games he's played.
Next game: Clemson plays North Carolina State on ABC and ESPN2 on Saturday, October 31 at 3:30 p.m. ET.
Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU
LSU has one of the best secondaries in college football, and White is a big part of their success. White is 5'11" with long arms and excellent ball skills. As is the case with Alexander, teams tend to avoid throwing in White's direction, so his presence on the field is a deterrent. White has some room for improvement in terms of tackling, but he should still be a first-round pick and be able to contribute to any team almost immediately.
Next game: LSU has a bye week and will play Alabama on November 7.