Fans and pundits are looking forward to see what Pittsburgh Steelers rookie cornerback Brian Allen, selected in the 5th round of the NFL Draft out of Utah, can to do in his debut season.
The former receiver turned heads at rookie minicamp last week, going up high for a one-handed interception on a deep pass along the sideline, per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“That’s just a little of my receiver instincts coming back,” Allen said. “Most of the time I’d stay after practice at Utah and work on stuff like that, anything that can give me edge. I’m not going to say stuff like that is routine for me, but I’ll just say it wasn’t luck because I actually practice those.”
While Allen seems ready to be a big contributor, Dulac cautions that he may need a good year of develop to progress into the type of player the Steelers are hoping for.
” Allen lasted until the fifth round in the draft, in part, because he played cornerback for just two seasons at Utah after being converted from wide receiver. After selecting him, coach Mike Tomlin made a point to say Allen was not raw, just inexperienced at the position.
That would make him a perfect candidate for the practice squad — a player who might need another year to develop. Then again, should he continue to make athletic plays such as the one he displayed his first time on the Steelers practice field, he might not have to wait that long. “