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    Fourth-round corner Allen's pedigree mirrors Ike Taylor's
    By Mark Kaboly, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Sunday, May 1, 2011
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    A fourth-round pick with good size but little experience from a nontraditional football school? It worked out well for the Steelers before.

    Eight years ago, they drafted cornerback Ike Taylor in the fourth round (124th overall) out of Louisiana-Lafayette, even though he had played the position only two years.

    The Steelers again opted to select a cornerback in fourth round, choosing with the Cortez Allen a 6-foot-1, 197-pound corner out of out of The Citadel with the 128th pick.

    "This is a height, weight, speed prospect along the lines of Ike Taylor physically," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.

    Taylor is an unrestricted free agent, and with the uncertainty surrounding the NFL's labor situation and free agency put on hold, the Steelers are uncertain whether they will be able to lock up Taylor with a long-term deal especially because his asking price might approach $10 million a season.

    So the Steelers addressed their need at cornerback in the draft when they selected Texas' Curtis Brown in the third round and Allen in the fourth.

    While Brown may be more of a polished prospect, Allen has raw talent. He played just one year of high school football, started only 28 games for a Division I-AA program and had just five interceptions.

    "The Citadel is not a football factory," defensive backs coach Carnell Lake said. " A lot of the work that he gets is very limited in terms of football, but we noticed that with limited experience, he looked pretty natural at cornerback."

    Allen split time with his mom in San Diego and dad in Ocala, Fla., preventing him from playing youth football. He didn't decide to go out for the high school team until his junior year.

    Despite a eye-opening senior year at North Marion (Fla.), where he allowed just three completions to receivers all season and was named to the Florida all-state team, Allen decided to attend The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, S.C., where football wasn't always his first priority.

    So when Allen visited the Steelers last month, Lake wanted to know just how much time he was afforded to work on his football skills.

    "He said, 'I don't get a lot of time because I have to do The Citadel stuff,'" Lake said. "So I said this guy is really playing well, and he's not working on his craft that much because of his limited time. If he can spend a lot of time working on his craft, I see a lot of upside for him."

    Allen, who doesn't have any military obligations after graduating in December, thinks The Citadel helped him get drafted by the Steelers.

    "I don't think it hindered me at all," Allen said. "If anything, it made me a better person to be able to manage all that. I felt that if I worked hard enough, I would get noticed playing football."

    The Steelers are thin at corner, making Allen's development paramount. William Gay is also an unrestricted free agent, leaving Bryant McFadden and unproven Keenan Lewis as the other top corners on the roster.

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    FOURTH ROUND

    Cortez Allen

    College: The Citadel

    Class: Senior

    Position: CB

    Height: 6-1

    Weight: 197

    Notables: Allen, 23, finished career with 120 tackles, 20 pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and five interceptions. ... Started 28 of 39 games for the Bulldogs. ... Did not allow any receptions in 13 of the 29 games he started. ... Only played one year of high school varsity football at North Marion High School in Ocala, Fla., but was named Florida all-state as a senior. He allowed only three receptions his senior year. ... Graduated from The Citadel in December with a health and wellness degree. ... Missed the 2007 season because of a torn ACL. ... Was a 2010 second-team All-Conference selection. ... Is only the second Division I-AA player the Steelers have drafted in the Kevin Colbert era, joining Hofstra's Willie Colon in 2006. ... Visited the Steelers on April 7. ... Ran a 4.5 40-yard dash.


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    Default Re: Fourth-round corner Allen's pedigree mirrors Ike Taylor's

    My only question is.... could they have got this guy in a later round?

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    My only question is.... could they have got this guy in a later round?
    Maybe,but being thin at the position they were probably afraid to chance it.
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    My only question is.... could they have got this guy in a later round?
    Yes they could've which doesn't speak well for his pedigree and also the Steelers prayers in hitting on a long shot more than once (getting a solid coverage CB in the mid rounds). Good CB's aren't plenty IMO and when they are this low, usually they have 2 problems - Speed or Coverage skills
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    Good CB's aren't plenty IMO and when they are this low, usually they have 2 problems - Speed or Coverage skills
    Or stupidity..............much like Ike.

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    Or stupidity..............much like Ike.
    I dont know if Ike is stupid. I actually think he's fairly smart for that position. His hands are stupid

    I don't remember where it was, perhaps it was Twitter where someone was grading Ike Taylor compared to someone else based on INT's and talking about Ike being shameful because of his low INT's. Sure, Ike's INT total is low compared to everyone else but INT's don't measure a CB's ability one bit. I love INT's but I'd rather have a guy that teams are afraid to throw against who is solid in tight man coverage and defenses a ton of balls than one that can catch a few INT's but has questionable coverage skills and defensing and positioning skills (like Gay and McFadden if they had great hands).

    I want a guy that can cover and smother. Make it tough for a QB to even attempt a pass in his direction to begin with. The ability to INT is IMO an "extra"
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