Originally posted on Bleed Black & Gold  |  Last updated 11/15/11

I have been going over a lot of film this week while on my honey do vacation.  Spending most of my time sitting on my butt with the baby I got to go over more film then usual.  I started watching some of the young guys.  The one who stands out the most to me is Cortez Allen.  I am wandering if the Steelers should move him to Free Safety.

Allen who was a man to man corner in college is showing some of those traits right now for the Steelers.  When he comes into the game he is man up on whoever is lined up across from him.  While watching that though I noticed a few details that suggest that Allen should move to safety.

In coverage Allen has been tasked mainly with covering larger tight ends.  Something a linebacker or a safety normally does.  He has shut them down well.  Even if they catch the ball they are being tackled and tackled well by Allen.  Also another trait of a great safety.  Allen seems to be a half a second behind for the NFL game as a corner.  He plays great coverage but is always getting to the receiver right after the ball gets there.  That could be because he is a rookie and is trying not to get beat deep.  He would rather give up the short catch rather then give up the big play.  This is not a bad thing.  I would like to see him attack the ball though.  If he is going to be a corner he needs to attack the ball.

The real question though whether Allen can make the move or not is whether he can play zone.  He has always been in a man defensive scheme.  If he can learn the playbook and get to know the zones I think Free Safety would be a great position for him.  He has the tools for it.  Good ball skills, great tackler and the ability to cover when needed.  He already covers better then Ryan Clark.  He is just as good a tackler without the penalties.  I would like to see this move in the preseason next year.

Allen could be a good cornerback in this league.  He is already in the mold of Ike Taylor.  But for as good of a corner as I think he could become I see a Pro Bowl Safety.  If he can play either position well I would be happy.  The kid has huge upside and vast potential.  Lets use it.

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