Former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback and current NFL Media Analyst Ike Taylor released his first mock of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Tuesday and he has his old team selecting a defensive back with the 25th overall selection.
Taylor has the Steelers drafting Virginia Tech cornerback Kendall Fuller in the first round in his first mock and he writes of his selection:
I know what a Steeler looks like. He’s a Steeler, point blank.
Fuller, who measured in at 5110, 187-pounds at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine, is still recovering from knee surgery that cost him most of his 2015 season. He was only able to play in three games last year and registered 7 total tackles and 1 pass defensed before being shut down for the remainder of the season.
At his recent pro day, Fuller was still unable to do any drills and it will be interesting to see at this point if he’ll be healthy enough to do any private workouts for teams prior to the draft taking place. Because of that, it’s quite intriguing that Taylor has him as a first-round selection.
As far as a few other top-rated cornerbacks go in this year’s draft class, Taylor has Eli Apple and Mackensie Alexander both being selected within the first 16 selections. Additionally, the Steelers former cornerback has William Jackson III being drafted 26th overall by the Seattle Seahawks.