The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their run of compensatory picks in the 7th round by choosing Texas A&M cornerback Terrence Frederick with the No. 246 pick. Frederick has the chance to become a backup in the Steelers defensive backfield rotation, but did not have top flight quickness moving his feet in the secondary, which dropped him to a late third day pick.
Frederick is undersized for a corner at 5-foot-10 and 187 pounds, but he can be a solid zone coverage contributor for Dick LeBeau's defense. He was considered one of the smarter corners in college, which often made up for his less than ideal speed. The secondary was not a particular area of need for Pittsburgh entering the draft, and this is the first and only defensive back drafted by the Steelers.