The Pittsburgh Steelers appear to be set drafting a cornerback in the upcoming NFL Draft, the only question is when. In breaking down the prospects that have visited, they appear to be targeting the second or third day of the draft, with the majority of prospects to come through the doors slotted in those areas.Will Davis from Utah State. He is a small school prospect that shows tremendous upside and is still developing as a corner. He also has the size (6-0, 186-pounds) and athleticism (4.43 40-yard dash) to compete in the NFL.
Yes, he may not have the elite measurables, and has not competed against top level competition, he shows loose-hips, good leaping ability (36-inch vertical) and an aggressiveness needed for the position. These are amazing traits considering he has only been playing organized football for a relatively short period with only one-season of high school football under his belt.
While his athletic ability is not questioned, his lack of experience seems to be having an impact on his draft stock, with only 18 starts for his career in FBS football. Couple that with a lack of physicality and it becomes clear why he is a second or third day prospect.
Fortunately, the Steelers have shown that they are willing to role the dice on small school cornerbacks with upside, and potentially hit a home run with Cortez Allen, who is penciled in as a starter in 2013. Davis may not be the physical specimen that Allen is, but there are enough similarities to make Davis an interesting mid-round possibility.
Connecticut cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson
Clemson defensive end / linebacker Malliciah Goodman
Ohio State defensive end / linebacker John Simon
Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks
San Diego State Offensive lineman Nik Embernate
LSU cornerback Tharold Simon
Nevada safety Duke Williams
Connecticut linebacker Sio Moore
Oklahoma wide receiver Justin Brown
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