Cornerback is another spot where the Steelers might be staring down some serious decisions. Veteran cornerback Ike Taylor could be gone, and if so, the need for a cornerback will increase exponentially.
Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
The Steelers covet big, physical cornerbacks. This allows them to run their distinct style of defense with ease. Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert falls right into the mold of what they want.
He impressive size (6'0", 200 lbs) and never shies away from press coverage. There is a slight trade-off to his game, however. While he isn't the stoutest run defender, he does have excellent speed. This is a skill this secondary has been missing for numerous seasons.
How Gilbert Fits
With the potential loss of Ike Taylor, the Steelers are going to need to draft a cornerback who can respond if pressed into service early. Gilbert is the player who is most ready to contribute right away of any cornerback in this draft.
Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
Again, as with Gilbert, Fuller is a big, physical corner who does a good job in press man coverage. While He isn't as fast as Gilbert, but he is skillful in run support, which is a plus.
How Fuller Fits
He might not be ready to just walk onto the field and start, but he is an exceptional player. His ability to defend the run means he's an ideal nickel corner when the Steelers trot out an extra defensive back on running downs.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska
The recurring theme in all this has been bringing in a big defensive back and Jean-Baptiste is the biggest of them all. At 6'2" and 215 pounds, he might be viewed as too big to be counted on in single coverage.
His recovery speed isn't as good as Gilbert or Fuller's, so he will have to count on his ability to use his hands, and when he does give up a catch, wrap and tackle.
How Jean-Baptiste Fits
Jean-Baptiste is getting a lot of momentum in draft circles because of his size. On the Steelers, he could cut his teeth as a nickelback and even play some safety in the big nickel/dime defense.