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2010 NFL Draft: Safety Nate Allen a Second Round Possibility for Steelers

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 15:  Safety Nate Allen #5 of the University of South Florida Bulls intercepts a pass against the Cincinnati Bearcats October 15, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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David KlinglerCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2010

The deadline has come and gone and the Steelers failed to get a deal done with starting free safety Ryan Clark.

It is now likely he will sign elsewhere for more money than the Steelers were willing to offer. This now makes drafting a safety more of a priority for Pittsburgh.

All indications are that Ryan Mundy will be given every opportunity to win the starting spot, but he been used little more than on special teams to this point of his young career.

This Steelers could very well find the safety they are looking for in Nate Allen of South Florida. He could very well be available when the Steelers select in the second round.

He is an outstanding physical specimen. Allen reads and reacts well and has excellent range.

His coverage skills are above average and he is a solid tackler. He has good ball skills and has shown an ability to perform well in zone-coverage schemes.

It is still possible that the Steelers could get a deal done with Clark after he tests the market, although I wouldn't count on it. There is also the possibility they bring a free agent safety in to look at, probably not a big name.

After all, that is what they did four years ago with Clark to replace the departed Chris Hope.

Even if they resign Clark or another free agent safety, it would probably be a good idea to look for help in the draft.

They are thin at the safety position and it showed last season with the absence of Troy Polamalu and the poor play of his replacement Tyrone Carter. Carter probably won't be back this season and it's just as well.

All the more reason to take a serious look at safety in the early rounds of this year's draft.

Nate Allen in round two sounds like a good fit to me.

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