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Omar Khan is Bullish on Steelers UDFA Beanie Bishop Jr.



Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Omar Khan.

The Pittsburgh Steelers signing West Virginia defensive back Beanie Bishop Jr. might be one of the key moves from the NFL Draft. He is one of those players who will be a slot cornerback. He can bring the heat off the edge and play with a chip on their shoulder. Bishop visited the team for a pre-draft visit.

According to Chad Reuter of NFL Network, Bishop is considered the best cornerback among this year’s undrafted free agents.

Upon his arrival in Morgantown, Beanie Bishop instantly displayed a high level of confidence, but his spirit only increased after proving his true potential as a Mountaineer. He’s then put that on display at the East-West Shrine Bowl, as his focus is on impressing NFL scouts enough to be drafted. Bishop was one of the standouts at the Big 12’s Pro Day.

He ran a 4.39 forty and a 4.15 20-yard shuttle, which would have been among the best times at the NFL Combine. Given his projection in the slot, the Steelers had to take note of Bishop’s level of testing.

“I wanted to show that I’m elite when the ball is in the air. Whenever the ball is in the air, it’s just as much mine as it is theirs (the receivers),” Bishop explained when asked what he wanted to show during the 2023 season. And to that regard, Bishop picked off four passes and wrecked games for opposing quarterbacks all throughout the year, most notably getting to Pitt quarterback Phil Jurkovec in WVU’s Backyard Brawl win and recording two interceptions on the road at UCF. He also helped keep the Mountaineers at the top of college football in ball-hawk rate with 20 pass deflections.”

Steelers general manager Omar Khan recently discussed how the team is excited to have Bishop on the roster during an interview on the DVE Morning Show.

“Yeah, Beanie Bishop. I can’t tell you how excited we were to have an opportunity to sign Beanie Bishop after the draft. We had him here for a visit. When he was here, we talked about our defense and how he would fit in. We really felt like he was a guy that could come in here and compete,” Khan said, via

The Steelers have a glaring hole at slot cornerback right now, and Khan thinks Bishop could be a player that steps up in that role.

“We were able to do business with him after the draft. I think he’s going to have a great opportunity at nickel to help us this year. He has great special teams value.”

The Steelers have noted multiple times how much they love these types of slot cornerbacks who can tackle, blitz, and stick their noses in the run game. Bishop prides himself on that.

“And that I can tackle well. I finished the season with 60 tackles (67). Not a lot of DBs like to tackle. And I love to tackle. I’m a physical DB, can play inside and outside,” Bishop said while exuding that confidence WVU fans grew to love so much.

For the Steelers, that could be the type of guy they want out of the slot that can give them versatility back at safety, too. So, Bishop will have a chance to compete in Pittsburgh.

West Virginia head coach Neal Brown thinks Bishop has a great opportunity to make the team.

“He’s your ultimate guy that’s a chip on his shoulder. And he’s gonna be extremely hungry,” Brown said of Bishop during an appearance on 93.7’s The Fan Morning Show. “He’s an intelligent football player, and I believe he’ll have, I think, a great opportunity to make the team.”