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Steelers general manager was impressed with the defensive backs from the E/W Shrine Game

Steelers have unearthed players from both major colleges and small schools who were overlooked for some reason during the pre-draft process. That is what happened with starting corner back Cortez Allen in 2011, and the Steelers really took an interest in The Citadel product after The East-West Shrine Game that year.

“We got to the East-West game and he looks like he belongs competing against guys from Division I schools,” Colbert told “That was another step in our evaluation of him.”

The Steelers picked Allen, who had played in the lower tier of Division I football, in the fourth round of the 2011 draft. And Allen, not third-round pick Curtis Brown of Texas, has emerged as the cornerback who could anchor the secondary in the coming seasons. 

Colbert told that he was impressed by the defensive backs he scouted in the East-West Shrine Game, something that is encouraging for a team that is likely to address its secondary early and often in the 2014.

“The defensive backs group is an interesting group,” Colbert said. “It seems like there’s better talent than they’ve had in recent years.”

That felt good to read, since we at Draft Diamonds put in work on the secondary and all the small schoolers on the roster.

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