A few quick thoughts on the Pittsburgh Steelers' fourth-round draft pick.
The pick: Doran Grant, cornerback, Ohio State
My take: This is good value for a Steelers team that has addressed concerns in the defensive backfield with two cornerback selections in as many days. Grant is an All-Big Ten performer who was a key piece of Ohio State’s championship run, starting 29 games for Urban Meyer over the last two seasons. He’s a bit undersized, listed at 5-foot-10 or 5-11, so questions about getting overpowered by bigger receivers will persist. But he’s got a strong base at close to 200 pounds and has adequate speed with a 4.4-second 40 time. Grant improved last year with 63 tackles and five interceptions, which he returned for 106 yards. Grant was a third-round possibility but his wheelhouse was the fourth round.
Much-needed corner help: Grant would be an ideal slot corner for the Steelers, who lost three key players in the secondary -- Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor to retirement, Brice McCain to free agency. The Steelers hadn’t drafted a defensive back in the first two rounds since Bryant McFadden in 2005, but this week they took 5-9 Ole Miss corner Senquez Golson in the second and Grant in the fourth. The Steelers scouted several first-round corner possibilities but opted for depth outside of the first. Grant, an Akron, Ohio, native, has shown he is eager to get his hand on the ball with nine passes defended last season. Ohio State co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell says of Grant: “Blue collar, hard-working guy who tackles as well as he covers. Great teammate.”