News: Pittsburgh defensive back Curtis Brown was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday with an ankle injury. Brown was already ruled out for the regular-season finale Week 17 against Cleveland.
Analysis: Brown was never a viable Fantasy option in IDP leagues at any point this season. He has no Fantasy value at this time.
News: Pittsburgh placed DB Curtis Brown on injured reserve Friday with an ankle injury. To take his place on the roster, the Steelers signed RB John Clay from the team's practice squad.
Analysis: Brown finished with only 14 tackles during his rookie season after being selected in the third round of the last NFL draft. He also forced two fumbles, but was not a huge Fantasy contributor. He should remain on waivers in all Fantasy formats.
News: In addition to first-round pick Cameron Heyward, the Steelers drafted three other defenders: Texas CB Curtis Brown (Round 3), Citadel CB Cortez Allen (Round 4) and Fresno State linebacker Chris Carter (Round 5). Cornerback is one of the Steelers' greatest needs, what with their top player at the position, Ike Taylor, an unrestricted free agent, and No. 3 corner William Gay a restricted free agent. Brown, 6-foot, 185 pounds, was named to the All-Big 12 Conference second team last season. He started 28 games, and appeared in 52 for the Longhorns over the past four seasons. Allen, 6-foot-1, 197 pounds, was a 2010 second-team All-Southern Conference pick (22 tackles, two INTs, five PBUs). Carter, 6-foot-1, 248 pounds, was the Western Athletic Conference defensive player of the year as a senior after leading the WAC with 11 sacks and 16 1-2 tackles for loss.
Analysis: There's some long-term appeal to Carter, but it's going to take him a while to crack the Steelers' starting lineup on a regular basis. We'd pass on the cornerbacks in all drafts and give Carter a late-round look in deeper rookie-only drafts.