The Pittsburgh Steelers filled their two biggest needs in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft, selecting Kentucky LOLB Bud Dupree and Ole Miss CB Shenquez Golson.
Prudently using their first two picks to fill huge needs enabled Pittsburgh to use its third-rounder on the best player available from several positions of secondary need, which the Steelers’ brass deemed was Auburn WR Sammie Coates.
Lot to like in drafting three fast guys from the SEC. Yes, the 5-foot-8, 176-pound Golson was a bit of a reach at No. 56 overall, but there had been a run on CBs earlier in the second round and the Steelers had to take a CB at that spot. The Steelers need are in desperate need of help at CB right now and could not wait until the third round to address that spot.
While other prospects offered more size and potential upside, among those still left on the board, Golson was the best cover man, the best playmaker, had the lowest bust-potential since he will – at the very least – be a serviceable slot corner in the NFL – and had the best chance of helping a horrendous Steeler CB corps in 2015. Continue reading