That's no longer the case under Keith Butler, who altered the defense with more zone looks after taking over for LeBeau in 2015.
"I believe it's realistic," coach Mike Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "That's why we chose them where we chose them. But they have to earn it, and we'll give them the opportunity to do that."
That's not even including 2014 second-round cornerback Senquez Golson, who missed his entire rookie season to shoulder surgery.
Tomlin is counting on Burns, Davis and Golson to upgrade a leaky secondary that was the team's Achilles' heel last season.