The Pittsburgh Steelers gave their secondary defense a major boost when they took Joey Porter Jr. out of Penn State.
Notably, he could be joined by another Nittany Lion in Pittsburgh next season.
With the Steelers needing to bolster their secondary, homegrown product Daquean Hardy could be a logical option.
Besides being a Pittsburgh native who played at Penn Hills, he also happened to play on the same 7-on-7 team as Dino Tomlin, Mike Tomlin’s son.
Unsurprisingly, he grew up a diehard Steelers fan, meaning he was also big on Mike Hilton, a stellar nickel cornerback who dominated for years.
That’s why he would obviously love to have a chance to follow his steps and play for his hometown team, although he also admits that a part of him would like to get to know other cities (via Steelers Now):
“It would be great,” Hardy said. “Just to be in the city. But you know, I want to explore other cities at the same time, but it’s kind of a love-hate day if I get drafted there. While I want to get outside of Pittsburgh, at the same time, that’s my hometown and that means a lot.”
Penn State CB Daequan Hardy played at Penn Hills, and after proving to be a physical, playmaking slot CB, he will draw the interest of many teams.
And with connections to Mike Tomlin already, his hometown Steelers might a natural landing spot. https://t.co/J7wRv5NBxz
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Hardy has a nose for making big plays.
He’s physical, has a high IQ, and is quite versatile, even scoring twice as a punt returner.
He could give the Steelers’ already solid defense another physical presence in the slot.
Thus far, he’s logged five interceptions throughout the course of his college career, and he seems like a seamless fit for Tomlin’s defense.
Notably, he’ll have an opportunity to prove his worth in the Shrine Bowl with plenty of team scouts in attendance.
The Steelers obviously have several issues to address, especially on offense, but this is a pick that’s worth considering.