NFL Draft 2017: 6 winners, losers for the Pittsburgh Steelers
NFL provide the sweet release of ending months of mindless speculation, the excitement of untarnished talent, but also reveal the intentions of front office’s regarding the medium-term future of their rosters.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are no exception. And with all eight picks of the 2017 draft in the books, who was boosted and demoted was clear.
Pittsburgh didn’t draft a single player who could even play inside linebacker for them. With Lawrence Timmons gone to the Miami Dolphins in free agency, the Steelers’ faith in the middle of the field is entirely in him and Ryan Shazier. Well, them and a smattering of players that includes Steven Johnson and Tyler Matakevich. But mostly Williams.
After a prolonged shopping around, the cornerback signed his restricted free agent tender last week, which kept him with the Steelers on a one-year deal. Following the selections of Cameron Sutton and Brian Allen, though, he won’t have any leverage beyond that which he puts on the field a year from now.
Allen especially threatens Cockrell’s place as a long cover man. Up until this point Cockrell was the only playable length option at cornerback for the Steelers.