2023 mock NFL Draft 2.0: Fallout from free agency wave and NFL Combine

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Devon Witherspoon, Illinois Fighting Illini
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807. . Cornerback. Fighting Illini . Devon Witherspoon. 17. player

2023 NFL Draft, NFL Draft Pick No. 17: Pittsburgh Steelers – Devon Witherspoon, Cornerback, Illinois

Mock Draft 1.0 – Joey Porter Jr, Cornerback, Penn State

Cameron Sutton left in free agency and Patrick Peterson is obviously only a short-term solution. Devon Witherspoon is the final of the consenus top trio of cornerbacks and he would be a good fit at the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A true impact corner, Witherspoon measured slightly undersized at the NFL Scouting Combine (5-foot-11, 181 pounds) but plays a lot bigger than his size indicates.

A versatile corner able to play either man or zone, Witherspoon put himself into first-round contention with three interceptions and 14 pass breakups to showcase himself as a true impact corner for the Fighting Illini.

Witherspoon’s ability to run with receivers and play taller than his height is exciting for NFL teams. Potential shutdown corners are always at a premium and while he doesn’t have the prototypical size of Gonzalez and Porter, he’s shown himself to be every bit their equal in college.