The Pittsburgh Steelers added a lot of talent last week in the 2021 NFL Draft. However, one of the most underrated moves from last weekend came after “Mr. Irrelevant” was announced. After the closing of the draft, the Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, began signing some talent that went undrafted and the major key addition to that group for the Steelers was Michigan State’s CB Shakur Brown.
During his time at Michigan State, Brown posted 54 tackles, 38 of which were solos, 2 sacks, and 7 interceptions, 1 of those taken back to the house, and 9 pass breakups. He’s listed at 5’11” and 190lbs. and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. On tape, Brown shows the ability to fight through blocks to absolutely halt ball carriers in their tracks. The Steelers love good-tackling cornerbacks! He plays the ball well in the air and is very strong in handling man coverage duties.
The cornerback was added to the list of players fighting for a roster spot in the CB room and could be the steal of day 3! A lot of draft analysts, including one of our own draft gurus here at SteelerNation.com, Matt Papiernik, had Brown ranked as a top 150 draft prospect in this year’s class. In fact, ESPN had the versatile cornerback ranked in the top 100 at number 90 overall. They also had him listed as the 14th ranked corner. I believe that Brown can immediately come in and compete for the slot cornerback position with fellow former Spartan Justin Layne and 7th round pick Tre Norwood as well as provide depth on the outside. This kid is an absolute stud and I look forward to watching him compete! If you feel that the Steelers waited too long before addressing the cornerback position in this year’s draft, don’t worry, let this play out. Someone like Brown could surprise you!
Check out Brown’s career highlights while at Michigan State below!