With the departure of last year’s starting cornerback Keenan Lewis to the New Orleans Saints via free agency, Cortez Allen is expected to step up into a starting role opposite Ike Taylor. According to Dan Hockensmith at Pennlive.com, Allen has shown he is capable of taking on more responsibility.
“Allen showed promise, to say the least, in a late-season audition, when he forced five turnovers a in a three-game stretch.”
Cortez Allen also has the physical gifts to be more than just a solid corner in the NFL.
“A ball-hawking, athletic young corner could be the right fit at the right time for a secondary that returns three starters and brings back former starter William Gay, likely as a nickelback.”
While coverage ability is obviously necessary for any NFL cornerback, tackling ability is often an underrated aspect of a corner’s game. And in defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau’s defense, Steelers corners have always been expected to and have prided themselves on their ability to tackle well. Should Allen prove himself a consistent tackler, it sounds like he’s ready to take Keenan Lewis’s place on the Steelers’ defense.