As round of the 2013 NFL Draft is coming to an end, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made their 5th round selection. With the 150th pick overall, the Steelers selected Terry Hawthorne, a cornerback from Illinois. The Steelers have three picks remaining in the draft (two in 6th round).
“Hawthorne is a physical defender with the size to start outside against larger NFL receivers, hands and read-and-react ability to make plays in coverage, and aggressive nature to hold up his end of the bargain in run support. Illinois had plenty of draftable defensive talent in 2012, but the unit as a whole was putrid. Hawthorne’s extreme injury in the middle of October may have played a part in it, but the senior was not the same player in 2012 as he was in 2011.”
Hawthorne is coming onto a team that really needs depth in the secondary. Will be the fourth cornerback on the depth cart most likely. Is a physical cornerback that racked up 43 tackles in 2012 with just 1 interception. Hip work is the only thing holding Hawthorne back from being a much better prospect. Scouts think he is a reliable corner and can match up against good receivers.