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The departure of Keenan Lewis, at first glance, seemed to cause turmoil for a Pittsburgh team that has always had questions about the cornerbacks playing opposite Ike Taylor.
The team, however, is high on Cortez Allen. Allen had a strong 2012 season as the nickel corner and has all the tools necessary to be a solid starter on the outside. He’ll get the first crack at Lewis’ old job.
William Gay was brought back after a year in Arizona with the Cardinals. He’s a decent nickel corner that can make plays on a limited basis. He should replace Allen but will get a challenge from Curtis Brown, who is trying to carve out his own roster stability after disappointing the last two years.
A draft pick would be helpful here.
Taylor cannot play forever and there are no sure things beyond him. Will Davis is a small-school prospect (the kind Pittsburgh usually enjoys plucking in these spots) that could be good in the right system.
The chief concern with Davis is that he is not physical enough, but his other skills as a coverage man and big-play guy are there and need just a little honing. If Carnell Lake can coach Davis up the same way he has with Lewis and Allen, Pittsburgh could find a real gem.