With the 246th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Texas A&M cornerback Terrence Frederick.
Frederick is 5′ 10.5″, 180 lbs., which is small for an NFL player, but not overly small for a cornerback. Unfortunately, Frederick doesn’t bring any other remarkable traits to complement his non-remarkable size.
He’s not an exceptional cover corner. He doesn’t have top end speed, and has a tendency to bite on fakes. In fact, he’s probably best utilized in a zone defense.
He’s not a big hitter. But at 180 lbs., I don’t think anyone expects him to be. But to his credit, he’s a hard worker who is willing to make tackles in the running game.
He doesn’t have great height, and he’s not going to be able to challenge bigger receivers vertically.
One thing that will work in his favor is that he was often used in the slot in nickel packages at Texas A&M. That’s the only place that he has any possibility of seeing action as a rookie (if he even makes the team), so that should work to his advantage.
But the reality is that Frederick was only 7 picks away from being the 2012 Mr. Irrelevant. So I think most Steelers fans understand that his odds of making the team are slim at best. But we wish him good luck. The Steelers need as many good cornerbacks as they can find.