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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Shawn Steele, CB, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff

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Shawn Steele is a top tier defensive player for the Golden Lions. Picture courtesy of

By Brandon Gubitosa

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback out of Arlington, Texas posted a SWAC best 15 pass breakups and 18 passes defended last season. The second-team All-SWAC honoree capped off an impressive year with three interceptions and 42 tackles. His three interceptions ranked first on the Golden Lions team.

Shawn Steele enters his final season with 148 tackles, five interceptions and 27 passes defended through 31 games. Steele played a major role for a defense that only allowed 15 passing touchdowns last season.

In a game against TCU last year, Steele led Arkansas Pine Bluff with 2 pass breakups and a fumble recovery. What was great about that game was Steele was able to prove to the rest of college he is able to play at the next level. Steele and the rest of the secondary held TCU to one touchdown through the air.

Small School Scouting Notes:

Arkansas Pine Bluff defensive back Shawn Steele is a player that NFL scouts are already looking at. His playmaking ability shows up on film. He takes great angles and has a reputation for shutting down opposing wide receivers. I like this kid’s ability to tackle, he never shies away from contact. – Damond Talbot, Owner, NFL Draft Diamonds

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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