Kovacevic: Still can’t count out corner, not after Foxborough


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Artie Burns. - MATT SUNDAY / DKPS

Brief and to the Point ...

• This was supposed to be the year where, finally, we could stop beseeching the Steelers to target a corner.

But honestly, I'm not certain that should be the case when the 30th overall turn comes Thursday night in the NFL Draft.

Sure, it'd be wonderful if Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin landed some otherworldly edge rusher. You'd have real-time support for James Harrison. A young bookend for Bud Dupree. An additional bite to a defense that only began to rediscover its teeth last season.

And then, upon thinking of it further, Foxborough pops to mind. Dupree had the Steelers' only defensive splash play. Harrison was insanely dropped into pass coverage. And what truly lost that game, in addition to the indefensibly meek schematic posture deployed by Tomlin and Keith Butler, was that they still didn't have enough speed, skill and smarts in the secondary to stop anything Bill Belichick and Tom Brady tried.

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