Steelers need insurance in secondary

Updated: March 30, 2005, 12:00 PM ET
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Hundreds of players already have changed teams, but with the draft still to come, there's plenty of time to continue plugging holes. Where are those holes? Scouts Inc. has made its list of needs for all 32 NFL teams:

Cornerback
Pittsburgh made Chad Scott a cap casualty, but his departure isn't the problem, as he missed nine games with a knee injury last year and 2004 second-round pick Ricardo Colclough appears ready to replace him. The problem is the starting position opposite Colclough. Deshea Townsend has the skills to provide some big plays and rarely gets caught out of position. However, he isn't physical in coverage and doesn't provide much run support.

Deshea Townsend
Townsend

While he is an adequate starter who can still get the job done, adding a corner who can push him for playing time and eventually replace him would significantly improve the secondary. It would allow Townsend to move into the nickel back role, where he would be far more effective.

Willie Williams, an unrestricted free agent whom the Steelers re-signed following a strong 2004 season, could then move to the dime role, where he is capable of excelling. Ike Taylor, a 2003 fourth-round pick, could then spell the 34-year-old Williams while continuing to work on his recognition skills as well as technique.


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