Pittsburgh Steelers: Will Allen Leaves, Secondary Gets Thinner

By Clyde A. Speller
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The list of players leaving the Steel City continues to grow. Free agent safety Will Allen has left the Pittsburgh Steelers and has signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Allen has played the last three seasons in Pittsburgh, and was a solid backup safety for the Steelers during that time.

Prior to Allen’s departure, the Steelers parted ways with cornerback Keenan Lewis and safety Ryan Mundy, who signed with the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants respectively.

With Pittsburgh’s secondary taking such a hit this offseason, it only leaves veterans Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark at the safety positions. In addition, unproven second-year safety Robert Golden, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2012, is the Steelers’ only backup at that position.

Safety is without a doubt a high priority in the draft this April. However, I do feel that Pittsburgh will select a pass rusher and a wide receiver with their first two picks in the draft. Once the third round starts, where the Steelers have the 79th overall pick, the organization should focus on restocking their defensive backfield.

Looking at the prospects at the safety position, Pittsburgh could possibly pick safety Shamarko Thomas of Syracuse University or safety Shawn Williams of the University of Georgia. I’m pretty sure that Pittsburgh won’t stop there and will continue to get another safety in the later rounds of the draft. This could probably happen with the sixth-round compensatory pick that they were awarded with last week.

The Steelers have a total of eight picks in this year’s draft. Making one or two more moves in free agency before the draft could make selecting pro prospects much easier for the organization. Pittsburgh has to wisely use the little bit that they have in order to be ready to compete in the AFC North in 2013.

Clyde A. Speller  is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google

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