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Steelers Named Great Fit for Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell

The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking like a potential great fit for Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell in the NFL Draft.



Steelers CB Quinyon Mitchell
Toledo defensive back Quinyon Mitchell runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine, Friday, March 1, 2024, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The Pittsburgh Steelers have mocked one name at cornerback throughout the brief 2024 NFL Draft process so far — Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell. While Mitchell is a fast-rising prospect who continues to get buzz as a Top-20 player, the Steelers are still being talked about as one of those teams that could grab him in the class.

Pro Football Focus believes that Mitchell would be an excellent fit for the team and perhaps the best fit for them in all of the first rounds.

“The Steelers added some youth into their secondary last year with Joey Porter Jr., but that shouldn’t stop. Mitchell would be perfect for the opposite JPJ,” they wrote.

The standout cornerback ran a 4.33 40-yard dash, which will only continue his ascent up draft boards after an impressive Senior Bowl to pair with an NFL Combine that will turn heads.

In addition to that, Mitchell posted a 38-inch vertical, giving him the juice to become one of the NFL Draft’s top cornerbacks. He has made himself lots of money throughout the last month, and that looks to only continue moving forward. The Steelers were hoping that he would land at 20, but it seems likelier that he will not.

Mitchell is not only a dynamite athlete, but his tape is some of the most polished tape in the class at cornerback. Mitchell checks the boxes and looks like the best player at the Senior Bowl.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah believes that Mitchell represents the dream scenario for the Steelers as it stands. Jeremiah went as far to call that a ‘home run pick’ for Pittsburgh.

“I also think that adding another corner is something that they need to look at, and they need to get accomplished. Where they’re picking, they’re picking 20,” Jeremiah said in a conference call earlier this month. “We’ve kind of talked about that corner list a little bit earlier, but those are — man, to me if you want to say what’s a home run pick, like if you could write it in right now and turn it in and somehow guarantee it would happen, putting Quinyon Mitchell from Toledo on the opposite side of who you took last year with Joey Porter, Jr. I think would be — man, that would be a heck of a young secondary with Minkah at the top of the Christmas tree there. That would be a fun defense to watch.”

The Steelers sent scouts to Toledo games on multiple occasions this fall, so he was clearly already on their radar before they got to Mobile, and head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that interest by keeping a close eye on Mitchell during the individual drills.

But Mitchell’s strong showing against the top competition in Mobile might have taken him out of the Steelers’ range in the 2024 NFL Draft. Mitchell was the consensus 27th overall pick, according to the NFL Mock Draft Database, before the Senior Bowl. Now, he’s one of the hottest prospects in the first round, rising to his current position of 12th, eight spots ahead of the Steelers