2011 Pittsburgh Steeler Draft: Echoes from Past Drafts Give Secondary Hope

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2011 Pittsburgh Steeler Draft: Echoes from Past Drafts Give Secondary Hope
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Although the Pittsburgh Steelers made it to the Super Bowl last season, the team is not without some glaring issues going into next year.  One of those is the secondary. 

Ike Taylor is an unrestricted free agent and Bryant McFadden and William Gay are nothing more than nickel and dime backs, respectively. When adding to that the concern over the long-term health of Troy Polamalu, it becomes painfully obvious that the Steelers need to upgrade the position.

However desperate the current situation appears, it pales in comparison to the condition the Steelers secondary was in after the 1986 season.

The Steelers had just finished with their worst record (6-10) in 15 years and the secondary was a major contributor to that dubious distinction. With such "legends" as Harvey Clayton, Lupe Sanchez and Eric Williams manning the ship, and an aging Donnie Shell added for good measure, the Steelers secondary struck fear in no one. 

Opposing quarterbacks drooled at the prospects of throwing against Harvey and Lupe in press coverage.

Needless to say, things looked mighty bleak.

But after the 1987 and 1989 drafts, what was once a weakness slowly became a strength.  Perhaps magic can strike again in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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