A deep class in this year’s NFL Draft for defensive backs is a big advantage the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are reportedly big on drafting some a-grade talent to bolster their secondary.
“I think it’s one of the deepest classes that we’ve had,” said the NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I think teams that are looking for corners that can come in and act as plug-and-play players will certainly find some guys to their liking. I think the safety class is outstanding.”
Ray Fittipaldo: ‘When it comes to the Steelers, many draft experts believe they should grab their edge rusher in the first round and then a defensive back in the second round because the crop of defensive backs is so deep.
That goes for safeties as well as corners. There are elite talents at the top of the first round, some projections of great athletes late in the first or early in the second round and quality depth in the middle rounds.
The top two safeties — Jamal Adams of LSU and Malik Hooker of Ohio State and New Castle High School — will be off the board by the time the Steelers pick, but Obi Melifonwu of Connecticut, Budda Baker of Washington and Jabrill Peppers of Michigan could be available. Melifonwu and Baker took a visit to the Steelers earlier this month.’