The Pittsburgh Steelers continued to add depth to their secondary when they selected cornerback Terry Hawthorne with the 150th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Hawthorne was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention last season while playing for the University of Illinois, and could be a great asset as a nickel back and on special teams.
It is very unlikely that Hawthorne will start, since the Steelers have veteran Ike Taylor and welcomed back William Gay. There could be a good competition for the third cornerback spot between Hawthorne and Cortez Allen this summer. However, Hawthorne could end up being the team’s fourth corner. After losing Keenan Lewis this offseason, drafting Hawthorne was very understandable.
With Hawthorne and Shamarko Thomas now added to the roster, the Steelers can now possibly look back on the offensive side of the ball in the sixth round of the draft.
Pittsburgh has the 186th and the 206th overall picks, and I feel that tight end is still a position that needs to be addressed. Even if no one seems suitable at tight end, they should still look at wide receiver and continue to look towards the future in that department.
It’s safe to say that wide receivers Jericho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress won’t be in the team’s future plans. Furthermore, there is still a question mark on the status of tight end Heath Miller.
Adding another weapon to go along with third-round pick Markus Wheaton will only help the Steelers’ offense this coming season.
If the offensive side of the ball is addressed at some point in the sixth round, then Pittsburgh could possibly finish off the draft with another pass rusher for depth.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google