Steelers Draft Another Big 10 Defensive Player

Michigan State CB Justin Layne Taken In Round 3

Eric Hagman
April 26, 2019 - 11:11 pm
Justin Layne

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Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) -  The Steelers added a second player to their defense with the selection of Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne in the third round.  He was taken 83rd overall.  

Layne, who is 6-foot-2, thought he would go in the second round, but had an inkling it would be the Steelers that drafted him.

"I don't know, it's just a feeling I had, it was in my dream," Layne said.  "I had a feeling they would come get me."

Layne is from Cleveland and grew up a Browns fan, but said "I'm ready to close that chapter." 

On the subject of rivalries, Layne is now a teammate of Michigan's Devin Bush, who infuriated Michigan State fans by stomping on the team's logo prior to last season's game.  Layne said he and Bush trained together after the season and he doesn't hold a grudge.  In fact, far from it.

"That's what happens when you're competing," Layne said.  "I can't wait to speak with him.  That's my boy and I have all the respect for him."

Senior defensive assistant Teryl Austin, who will oversee the cornerbacks, is impressed with Layne's makeup.

"I really like his potential," Austin said.  "He has a lot of good things to work with.  He has a quick body, long arms, good ball skills and is very competitive.  He's not afraid to throw it up in there and will tackle.  I'm very excited to have him.  I didn't think he would be around this long."

Austin sees Layne initially lining up on the outside rather than as a slot corner.