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Old 03-15-2011, 08:19 PM   #1
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Default Where the NFLís Starting Cornerbacks Were Drafted

Where the NFLís Starting Cornerbacks Were Drafted
Posted on March 15, 2011 by adam

On Monday we looked at every starting offensive linemen during the 2010 season and where they were selected in the draft. On Tuesday, weíre going to take a similar look at what is seen as the other biggest need heading into the offseason, cornerback. Even if Ike Taylor returns itís a position that could use a bit of an upgrade. If Taylor, a member of the Steelers since 2003, leaves via free agency, it becomes the focal point of the offseason, whether itís addressed with a veteran or an incoming rookie. Unless youíre feeling excited about Bryant McFadden and William Gay manning the outside.

Weíve already looked at the Steelers recent history of selecting cornerbacks in the draft (as well as a look at corners they didnít select ó breaking news! The Steelers generally know what theyíre doing) and itís a position they havenít always addressed early in the draft, which seems to differ from the rest of the league. Since 1997 the only corner theyíve taken in the first round is Chad Scott (in í97), while McFadden and Ricardo Colclough represent the only sections in the second round. A result of the Steelers defensive strategy under Dick LeBeau that doesnít ask the corners to play a lot of man, but instead asks them to tackle well and not give up the big play? Perhaps.

As youíll see in these two breakdowns, most of the starting cornerbacks across the NFL were selected in the first two rounds of the draft. Itís a position that isnít quite as spread out throughout the draft like offensive linemen were.
2010 NFL Starting Cornerbacks By Round
1 15 10
2 9 10
3 1 5
4 4 1
5 0 2
6 0 0
7 0 2
Undrafted 3 2

And now the playoff teamsÖ
2010 NFL Starting Cornerbacks By Round: Playoff Teams
1 4 3
2 3 4
3 0 2
4 2 0
5 0 1
6 0 0
7 0 0
Undrafted 3 2

The Steelers corners in 2010, Taylor and McFadden, were selected in the fourth and second rounds respectively, while the players coming off the bench were taken in the fifth (William Gay), sixth (Crezdon Butler) and third (Keenan Lewis) rounds, as well as an undrafted player (Anthony Madison).

My opinion here is the same as it is with the offensive linemen: donít take a guy just so you can say you took a cornerback, especially when this class seems to be viewed as a deep one for defensive backs.
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What's clear though is starting CB's are OVERWHELMINGLY taken in the first 3 rounds, and that doesn't necessarily mean they're all good either. I bet a list like this of Pro Bowl CBs would show a vast majority to be taken in the first round.

While the class is deep, it doesn't mean that waiting until the 4th round to take a CB will do us any good, it just means we'll get a slightly less mediocre talent than we would in another year. If we want to fix the secondary problem we need to take a CB EARLY, and imo "early" is by the middle of the second round. Whether we take one with pick 31 or trade up in the second to take one doesn't matter that much to me baceause I think the talent there is mostly the same, but that depends on what talents at what positions fall into out laps at 31. I do not think we can afford to wait until pick 64 to take one, however.

(For the record I would take Brandon Harris at 31 over Mike Pouncey and Sherrod, two of our more commonly mocked options, if they were both there)
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