It looks like the Steelers could be in the market for getting a new cornerback unless they feel Cam Sutton will be the starter in Steven Nelson's place in 2021. The Pittsburgh Steelers have granted permission for starting CB Steven Nelson to seek a trade. This came completely out of left-field because I could have sworn the Steelers were going to sign Nelson to an extension this offseason. He is going into his final season and it would help the Steelers create more cap room. It looks like the Steelers will be going into the 2021 draft a little thin unless they decide to sign a cornerback in free agency.
Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert recently attended Georgia's Pro Day. They were keeping their eyes on a few players such as edge rusher Azeez Ojulari, center Trey Hill, tight-end Tre' McKitty, and cornerback Eric Stokes. Mike Tomlin personally talked with cornerback Eric Stokes during Georgia's Pro Day.
Eric Stokes heads into the draft as one of the highest-rated Georgia players. Georgia has had at least one player drafted in the first round in the past 3 years. Could Eric Stokes continue the trend in 2021? Stokes is a track star who brings speed to the cornerback position. His speed allows him to stick with any wide receiver he is put up against. Very rare do you see Stokes getting beat with speed by a wide receiver. Eric shows excellent vision on the football field which helps him in zone coverage. He knows where the ball is going and can break up the pass quite easily.
Behind Patrick Surtain II, Caleb Farley, and Jaycee Horn, Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes could be the next cornerback selected in the 2021 NFL Draft. There are a number of cornerbacks in that “best of the rest” category including his own Georgia teammate Tyson Campbell. Stokes’ ability to play in a zone or man coverage scheme makes him a versatile and valuable commodity.
Which teams could realistically draft Stokes? In my latest mock draft, I paired Stokes with the Buffalo Bills in the first round. In his latest big board for Pro Football Network, Tony Pauline ranks Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes as the fourth cornerback in the class, his 39th overall prospect, with a second-round grade.