Justin Layne watched as he nearly slid out of Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft, but the former Michigan State football star is ready to prove 31 teams wrong.
Everyone ready to buy their Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys? I know, after the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell had a falling out, many Michigan State football fans lost interest in the organization, but it’s time to pick that back up.
Justin Layne was selected in the third round by the Steelers which was about a round and a half too late, especially considering Mel Kiper had him as a potential late-first round selection and his third-best cornerback prospect in the draft class.
But Layne watched as cornerback after cornerback heard their names called in the first, second and third rounds until he was selected in the mid-third.
The Steelers are getting a lengthy corner who can lock receivers down and who will learn in one of the better organizations in the NFL.
Was he worried about his draft placement? He tweeted at someone who said that he needs to use this draft slide as fuel and he responded with “not tripping”. He stayed calm, cool and collected, but you know this adds a chip to his shoulder.
Growing up a Browns fan, he watched his favorite team as a kid trade up on Day 2 to select a cornerback — Greedy Williams out of LSU. He’s already said that his family has thrown away their Browns stuff in order to pick up Steelers apparel — a big rival of the Browns. He has the perfect mindset and this has made him hungrier to prove himself.