Over the history of professional sports, there have been many great players who left the collegiate ranks with all kinds of expectations. Some live up to those while others, for any number of reasons, fail. Three years ago the Pittsburgh Steelers spent a second round draft pick on cornerback Senquez Golson. Word was, that if he had been a few inches taller he would have been a legitimate first round prospect. Nearly three years later, Golson still hasn’t played in a game yet the Steelers remain confident he will contribute and I have to ask “why?”
Sometimes it just doesn’t work out. Every year teams think they’ve nailed a draft pick but because of an injury (or two), the player fades away as if he never existed. Golson is literally one more injury from this fate.
I’m rooting hard for this kid personally. I want to be able to write about his story of perseverance and how he struggled but worked hard and stayed the course. I have no reason to root against him for that would be stupid. His success can help the success of the Steelers and that’s all any of us can ask right?
I learned this week that the Steelers may not choose a cornerback in the upcoming draft. If that’s true it means a couple of things. It means that they are targeting corners in free agency or it means they are happy with what they have. What I really think it means is that they are confident in Senquez Golson and to a further extent, Ross Cockrell who is a restricted free agent.
Since being drafted in 2015, Golson has made it through two full practices of Training Camp and has yet to see action in even a preseason game. You’ll forgive me for being pessimistic but where is the confidence coming from that he’ll be able to play all (or any) of 2017? Haven’t we seen this story before? Guy gets drafted with high expectations… Guy gets injured… Guy gets injured again… Guy is out of football after a few years.
Again, no one will be more excited to see Golson succeed than me but I’m just trying to be realistic. For the Steelers to “supposedly” not be looking to improve the secondary, especially after the AFC Title Game debacle, is flat out crazy isn’t it? I appreciate the confidence in Golson but I also appreciate a realistic approach to the situation as well.