Steelers May Have Another Outstanding Louisiana Native at Cornerback

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 19: Linebackers coach Keith Butler (L) and defensive coordinator Dick Lebeau of the Pittsburgh Steelers watch from the sidelines during the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Steelers CB Ike Taylor, a native of Harvey, La., was a 4th round pick by the Steelers in 2003. Taylor became a starter in 2005, lost the role briefly in 2006, but regained it and has been there ever since.

In the works has been the development of 2009 3rd round pick Keenan Lewis, a native of New Orleans. It looks as if Lewis will take over the starting cornerback role vacated by William Gay.

Even at a position many consider to be a deep strength for the Steelers in 2012, there still may be another Louisiana product moving his way up the ranks.

Undrafted free agent Terry Carter was noted by Dejan Kovacevic as having three interceptions during Wednesday's minicamp session. Steel City Insider's Jim Wexell noted a few plays Carter made that same day, noting defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's excitement over them.

A team can never have too many good cornerbacks, and while Carter may not have been running with the first team defense against the first team offense, making plays is making plays. Coaches have to take notice of a guy who's simply out there making plays.

Carter was undrafted out of Louisiana Tech (alma mater of Terry Bradshaw), and was All-WAC first team his senior season. He earned that position with only one interception on the year - suggesting teams wouldn't throw at him. La. Tech won the WAC championship in 2011.

This isn't to suggest he is easily on the same path as his fellow Louisiana coverage brethren, but again, making plays is making plays.

He may be the Steelers' training camp hero in 2012.

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