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Beanie Bishop Labeled Best UDFA Signing Among Corners

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WVU Football Beanie Bishop celebrating an interception

The Pittsburgh Steelers signing West Virginia defensive back Beanie Bishop might be one of the key moves from the NFL Draft. He is one of those players who will be a slot cornerback. He can bring the heat off the edge and play with a chip on their shoulder. Bishop visited the team for a pre-draft visit.

According to Chad Reuter of NFL Network, Bishop is considered the best cornerback among this year’s undrafted free agents.

Upon his arrival in Morgantown, Beanie Bishop instantly displayed a high level of confidence, but his spirit only increased after proving his true potential as a Mountaineer. He then put that on display at the East-West Shrine Bowl, as his focus is on impressing NFL scouts enough to be drafted. Bishop was one of the standouts at the Big 12’s Pro Day.

He ran a 4.39 forty and a 4.15 20-yard shuttle, which would have been among the best times at the NFL Combine. Given his projection in the slot, the Steelers had to take note of Bishop’s level of testing.

“I wanted to show that I’m elite when the ball is in the air. Whenever the ball is in the air, it’s just as much mine as it is theirs (the receivers),” Bishop explained when asked what he wanted to show during the 2023 season. And to that regard, Bishop picked off four passes and wrecked games for opposing quarterbacks all throughout the year, most notably getting to Pitt quarterback Phil Jurkovec in WVU’s Backyard Brawl win and recording two interceptions on the road at UCF. He also helped keep the Mountaineers at the top of college football in ball-hawk rate with 20 pass deflections.

Beanie Bishop Oozing Confidence During NFL Draft Process: ‘I’m Elite When Ball Is in Air’

The Steelers have noted multiple times how much they love these types of slot cornerbacks who can tackle, blitz, and stick their noses in the run game. Bishop prides himself on that.

“And that I can tackle well. I finished the season with 60 tackles (67). Not a lot of DBs like to tackle. And I love to tackle. I’m a physical DB, can play inside and outside,” Bishop said while exuding that confidence WVU fans grew to love so much.

For the Steelers, that could be the type of guy they want out of the slot that can give them versatility back at safety, too. So, Biship will have a chance to compete in Pittsburgh.

Part of this story was contributed by our partner at Steelers Now.

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