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Steelers Select Justin Layne with 83rd Overall Pick



After selecting Toledo WR Diontae Johnson with their first third round pick (from a trade with the Oakland Raiders), the Pittsburgh Steelers used their final pick on day two to select Justin Layne, cornerback from Michigan State.

The Steelers saw more than their fair share of troubles in the defensive secondary last year, and after signing Steven Nelson in the off-season, drafting a cornerback was made a top priority for Pittsburgh.

Layne (6-2, 192 lbs) presents a big body for the Steelers in the secondary, playing as a physical man coverage corner. The Steelers were not shy about their interest in Layne, a cornerback who can contest jump balls and could potentially become a starter for Pittsburgh in the near future.

Layne is the prototypical cornerback for the Steelers, and being able to snag him in the third round can be considered an absolute steal.