The Pittsburgh Steelers selected CB Cortez Allen in the fourth round, 128th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Before the draft, analyst Mel Kiper considered Allen a "sleeper."
The team's first intentio was to use Allen in the slot on nickel downs, and bring in William Gay to man the outside opposite Ike Taylor.
However, the Steelers think Allen could have enough speed to cover outside the hashmarks and the size to matchup against tight ends.
At 6’1,196 pounds, Allen will be replacing the departed Keenan Lewis' spot in the starting lineup at left corner.
He talks about his opportunity to grab the starting job and what it is going to take to win it.
“Anybody who plays the game of football has dreams of one day being a starter. At least they should have those kinds of aspirations,” Teresa Varley of Steelers.com.
“I am just trying to absorb as much information as I can from the older guys, the coaches and so forth. I want to make sure I am ready physically to make sure I can complete a full season without any hiccups.”
“There is very little room for error. A lot of what we do if you make a mistake it’s big, it’s a touchdown. We aren’t like linemen where you have a second level of defense, or linebackers. We are out there by ourselves for the most part. That is why I do it. I like the challenge of being able to go against their best athlete and compete at that level.”