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Ike Taylor has been a steady starter for the Steelers for the better part of a decade, but in 2013 he began to show signs of decline.
In particular, Taylor went through a horrid three-game stretch in which Calvin Johnson, Josh Gordon and Torrey Smith made him look every bit of 33 years old.
Taylor may still be retained and even prove to be a valuable contributor, but it’s clear his days as a top-flight cover are numbered.
Behind Taylor is Cortez Allen, who is proving to be quite adept at taking the ball away. Also seeing significant snaps at the position was William Gay, who showed in 2009 that he’s better suited to play the third corner role.
Whether or not Allen can handle the duties of being the team’s top cover-man remains to be seen. Regardless, there is a very real need to find a legitimate starter opposite him.
There are a number of first-round prospects at the cornerback position, and at least one of Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert and Marcus Roberson should be available when they’re set to pick.
This is probably the least likely of the positions I’ve noted that the Steelers will target in Round 1. Nonetheless, it would certainly behoove them to shore up that secondary sooner than later.