Secondary is primary

Since the Steelers' primary need going into this offseason is at defensive back, I didn't concern myself with much more than the DBs at this weekend's Senior Bowl. While many early mock drafts have the Steelers getting Marcus Trufant, there's no way he falls all the way to the 27th pick unless he decides to rob a bank between now and the draft. Trufant, a top-15 talent, will be the second corner picked behind K-State speedster Terrance Newman, a likely top-5 pick with a good combine showing.

You can bet that Andre Woolfolk will probably be the third corner taken in the first round. He didn't exactly light things up this week in Mobile, but at 6-1, 193, if he runs well at the combine, he had a solid enough senior year to be a top 25 pick.

From what I saw, any other corner beyond those three would be a reach at 27, but Rasheen Mathis or Eugene Wilson could prove me wrong with good combine showings.

Chances are good that there will be at least five corners taken in the first round of the draft. Wouldn't you love to have seen juniors like Oklahoma corner Derek Strait or Texas' Nathan Vasher in the all-star games?

At safety, I was hoping to have seen more of Tennessee's Julian Battle. Quite honestly, I didn't see enough from any of the safeties in this game to form a solid opinion.

Again, wouldn't it have been great to see juniors like Arkansas' Ken Hamlin or Oklahoma's Brandon Everage? Come on, NCAA and NFL! If you're going to let these guys come out early, at least give them a chance to prove themselves against the best available players.

--Dale Lolley

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