MOBILE, Ala. — The Pittsburgh Steelers have needs all over the team, but on the defensive side of the ball, the immediate most obvious need is at cornerback. Aside from Joey Porter Jr., the room is slow or unproven, something that the team will undoubtedly look to change either in free agency or the 2024 NFL Draft.
But one thing that will not change is their willingness to scout the top prospects at the Senior Bowl. After looking at offensive line on Tuesday, Mike Tomlin shifted his gears and decided to go toe-to-toe with the cornerbacks and wide receivers, communicating with the defensive backs the entire time.
The Steelers were clearly honing in on the defensive backs, but especially the cornerbacks on Wednesday. Tomlin walked up to them and seemingly became the matchmaker for matchups he wanted to see. Every time Tomlin talked to either a wide receiver or defensive back, they would end up facing one another. It helped working those together as an opportunity to evaluate both positions, and since they are so talented, it’s hard to not see the team taking one at both positions in this class.
Tomlin seemed to get even more excited as the day went on, and talked to everyone in the line of prospects at least once. This is just what he loves to do as a coach, and it is clearly obvious that he loves to do. He said he was a junkie for this stuff, and he is, and will hit the pro day circuit just as hard, too.
But for now, all we have to go off is Senior Bowl targets. And that seems to be defensive backs and offensive line. You can put safety and wide receiver as secondary options to that.