Updated: May 2
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The Steelers finally addressed the cornerback position in the draft by selecting Oklahoma cornerback Tre Norwood in the seventh round at 245th overall.
Norwood played in 11 games in 2020, starting five and was the Big 12 co-leader, and tied for third nationally, with five interceptions.
Norwood had 23 tackles and two passes defended and was named Outstanding Defensive Player of the 2020 Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic after returning an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in a win over No. 10 Florida.
Norwood was a nickel cornerback at Oklahoma and that's what he'll most likely play in Pittsburgh. The Steelers needed some depth at the slot cornerback position with Mike Hilton signing with the Bengals in free agency. Norwood is also capable of playing safety and Mike Tomlin referred to him as a "Swiss Army knife utility back safety" after he announced the pick.
Below is a scouting report on Norwood by The Draft Network.
"Following suffering a torn ACL prior to the 2019 season, Norwood returned in 2020. Serving primarily as a nickel defender for the Sooners, he displayed plenty of fluidity at the position. A patient player, he has a smooth backpedal that marries up well with his body movements throughout. With plenty of ball production, he translates as an eventual depth nickel defender on the next level."