Ike Taylor, who should return from his late-season injury without any drawbacks, is the team’s top cornerback. Opposite him, there are currently only questions.
Keenan Lewis, who carved out a very nice season in his first campaign as a starter, is a free agent and should cash in somewhere on the market. Teams like the Miami Dolphins have the need and the money. Pittsburgh doesn’t have much of the latter right now.
Alabama’s Dee Milliner is the top cornerback available, but he may be gone by the time Pittsburgh selects in the first round. If he is, the next best fit is Johnthan Banks out of Mississippi State.
Banks is a tough, physical player in the style of Taylor who will be tough in coverage and can also take a pass away. He has a few holes in his game, mostly around some small lapses in reading a quarterback, but those can be corrected by defensive backs coach Carnell Lake.
If the Steelers elect to move further up in the draft to grade Milliner, it would be risky because it would rob the team of some picks. It may, however, be worth it if he develops into a shutdown corner.