Ed: Steelers New CB Similar to Ike
Saturday, 30 April 2011 14:11
Written by Ed Bouchette
So, Steelers are throwing numbers at the cornerback position after drafting their second one in a row. Kevin Colbert maybe was true to his word that he would operate as if Ike Taylor were not on his team.
Maybe that’s why he drafted perhaps the next Ike Taylor. Cortzez Allen, their selection on the fourth round, may not be as fast as Taylor but there are plenty of other similarities. He’s a relatively raw kid at the position, played just one year in high school and then went to a small football school.
He has good size at 6-1 ¼, 197 pounds. Taylor is 6-1, 195. He played at Louisiana-Lafayette and was even less experienced at the cornerback spot, moving from offense as a tailback to cornerback only for his senior season. Taylor too was drafted on the fourth round.
The problem for Allen in particular is that he may not have much of a chance to hone that raw ability because of the lockout. The first time he hits a football field with the Steelers might not be until August – or later. That means his rookie season could be a wash for him and the team. And he won’t be the only rookie in that spot.