John Zaphyr

The Best Young Steelers

Apr 05, 2013 9:35 AM EST

Cortez Allen

With an injury to veteran Ike Taylor, Allen’s playing time increased during the last quarter of the season and he responded. He saved his best games for the last two, snagging two interceptions against the Bengals and forcing a fumble, and forcing two fumbles against the Browns. Allen has the type of speed and big-play ability that the Steelers need in the secondary and, if Keenan Lewis leaves via free agency, Allen will be a starter next season.