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Friday, May 25, 2012
Keenan Lewis predicts Pro Bowl season

By Jamison Hensley

Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis voiced high expectations for himself after the third practice of the offseason.

"Pro Bowl," Lewis told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Watch out, this is going to be a big year right here."

This would be a bold prediction for someone entering his first season as a starter. This is even bolder considering Lewis isn't a lock to be a starter this season.

Lewis is competing against two draft picks from last year, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown. Allen, a fourth-round pick, played on the Steelers' nickel defense like Lewis did last season. Brown, a third-round pick, is considered a favorite of the coaching staff.

Lewis' prediction begs a bigger question: What is going on with the players in the AFC North this offseason?

The Ravens' Joe Flacco thinks he's the best quarterback in the NFL. Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb wants to be the NFL's best cornerback.

Now Lewis is announcing his grand plan for the season despite having one NFL start to his credit. Even if Lewis wins a starting job with the Steelers, it's going to be tough for him to be the top cornerback on his team (Ike Taylor) and in the division (Webb and Joe Haden), much less make the Pro Bowl.

I understand the importance of playing with confidence, especially at the cornerback position. You just wish that some players would go out there and quietly prove it instead of announcing it to the football world.