With their second round pick, the 56th overall in this year’s draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Senquez Golson. Playing for the University of Mississippi in the SEC, Golson was a unanimous selection for first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC this past season. As a cornerback, Golson also tied the school record last season with 10 interceptions. He was also a Bronko Nagurski finalist. At the combine, Golson put up some good, but not spectacular, numbers. He ran a 4.46 second 40-yard dash, and put up 15 reps on the bench press. In addition to those numbers, he showcased a 33.5-inch vertical jump and a 120.0-inch broad jump. To close up the combine, he ran his way to a 6.81 second 3-cone drill and a 4.20 second 20-yard shuttle.
At only 5’9” and 176 pounds, Golson is a bit small, particularly as a cornerback in the NFL, but he makes up for that with his superior ball skills. The question remains to be answered as to if this will be enough for him to excel at the next level, but he certainly has some solid strength on his side. To begin, he is dedicated to his craft and is a solid competitor. He has solid production on the field, having 9 interceptions and 16 pass deflections in his last season at Mississippi alone. He has great foot instincts and has an explosive lower body. He also has an excellent stutter step that enables him to break on the ball with relative ease. Has great balance on this fee, and plays with smooth hips. It is also noted that he is effective against the run, and he maintains solid leverage against the run, and he can disengage when necessary to make a solid tackle. Speaking of which, he is an aggressive tackler, and has great focus and discipline on the field.
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His major weakness rests in the reality that he has worked primarily in zone and off-man coverage. He does need to work at the pro level to be able to get into a receiver’s pocket and to stay there, even from a press-man alignment. As mentioned, many believe that he is too small to play outside in the NFL, so he will have to work hard to prove the critics wrong. Taller players seem to have their way with him, as three of his four allowed touchdowns came against receivers that were 6’4” tall or taller. In the end, his ball skills are well known, and this got him selected in the second round. He should do well with the solid coaching staff that is in place at Pittsburgh.
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