The offseason is inevitably a interval of projection and hypothesis, which makes it the perfect time to ponder the hypotheticals that the Pittsburgh Steelers will face over the course of the following 12 months, whether or not it’s addressing free company, the draft, efficiency on the sector, or some extra ephemeral matter.
That’s what I’ll look to handle in our Purchase or Promote sequence. In every installment, I’ll introduce a subject assertion and weigh among the arguments for both shopping for it (that means that you just agree with it or count on it to be true) or promoting it (that means you disagree with it or count on it to be false).
The vary of subjects will probably be deliberately broad, from the final to the particular, from the fast to that within the far future. And as all of us are likely to have an opinion on nearly all the things, I invite you to share your personal every morning on the subject assertion of the day.
Matter Assertion: Cameron Sutton will probably be a greater cornerback than Steven Nelson.
Clarification: In keeping with Aditi Kinkhabwala, there have been some throughout the group already final season who believed that Cameron Sutton would characterize an improve at cornerback to Steven Nelson. Now that Sutton is re-signed and Nelson is gone, he can have the chance to state that case.
Nelson was good, there’s little question about that, however there isn’t actually something that he provided that, for a traditional crew, isn’t replaceable. Provided that the Steelers have struggled mightily with the cornerback place over the previous decade, that may’t be taken flippantly, however Sutton appears to be like to be their one good draft decide throughout that point who received’t crumble.
The one factor above all that you must like is that he’s sticky in protection, and that’s emphasised by his 9 mixed interceptions and passes defensed (eight of the latter) final season in 430 snaps in protection. Nelson robbed Sutton of a second interception by leaping in entrance of an air ball (as you’ll be able to see within the lead picture).
Sutton has constantly proven gross in every of his seasons, notably within the final two years, and he’s to be notably recommended for working to spherical out his recreation and change into a extra full (and bodily) participant in 2020. That bodes effectively for his growing into a real high quality starter.
Nelson’s detractors will level to the truth that he hasn’t been signed by anyone but as proof sufficient that he was by no means excellent within the first place, but he was their greatest cornerback in 2019, and at that time, all people liked him.
He had a bit extra of an up-and-down season in 2020, in that he truly gave up touchdowns compared to the zero that he allowed the 12 months earlier than, however Sutton had greater than his justifiable share of misses in protection as effectively, and I’m not simply speaking about going up in opposition to Stefon Diggs.
The Steelers did lose 4 of the seven video games that Sutton began final 12 months, out of their six whole losses on the season. And whereas he could be aggressive in protection, that typically burns him—and your complete secondary within the course of.