A 'No-Fly Zone' for Pittsburgh?

Written by Dan Gigler on .


USA Today's Nate Davis released his first post-NFL Combine mock draft and like SI's Chris Burke did yesterday, he too has the Steelers taking a cornerback. But rather than having Pittsburgh take Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert, Davis has Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard trading in Spartan green & white for the black & gold (something that would likely please longtime Steeler analyst and MSU fanatic, Mike Prisuta, and fellow alum Le'Veon Bell). 

Davis notes, "Even if the Steelers can afford to hang on to veteran Ike Taylor for another year, it's time to start getting younger and deeper in the secondary."

Gerry Dulac talked briefly about the difference between Gilbert and Dennard in his online chat earlier this week, saying that Dennard is a "... different type of player than Gilbert. Not as fast, but more physical and maybe a better lock-down guy. He ran a 4.51, which isn't overly fast, and that will keep him out of the top 10. In the NFL, the No. 1 asset a cornerback must possess is speed. All that other stuff is fine, but if your corner can't keep up with their receiver, eventually he will be exposed." 

His cousin, Alfonzo, is a cornerback for the New England Patriots. 

If it comes down to a tie between Dennard and Gilbert, this know-nothing, alleged blogger says go for Dennard for one simple (albeit dumb) reason: he's got the coolest nickname I've heard in awhile. 

The No-Fly Zone. 

To be sure, the nickname was actually that of Michigan State's stingy (and Rose Bowl champion) secondary in 2013, though Dennard was the anchor of it and coined the name. And hey, Joe Greene's nickname followed from his college team (sort of, maybe).

Of course if he really wanted to be a No-Fly Zone in Pittsburgh, they could call him US Airways

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