I like Ike, but for him to be on of the best in Steelers history would be tough. He couldn't hold Woodson's nor Blount's jock straps. Blount changed the game with his combination of size, athleticism, and physicality. And Woodson is the greatest Steeler never to win a championship here.
Ike is the best corner on this team. It took him a while to develop, but he is a very good. I think he is vastly underrated. If he had hands, he could have been all pro in several seasons and would probably have 25-35 more career picks. But alas, his hands are among the worst I've ever seen for a DB at any level. And, for that reason alone, I could never call him one of the best DBs in Steeler history imho.
I have a hard time seeing how Ike is underrated... the guy can't catch. When a DB covers but doesn't have an impact in the TO game he isn't going to be rated that high.
How good would Woodson or Blount be in this modern era where you can't touch a WR past 5 yards? If we could send Ike back to the 70s, I don't think he'd ever get thrown on because he would murder WRs up and down the field.
If Ike had hands, I bet he'd be considered as good as either of those guys. As much as we loved a guy like Woodson, he got beat too, but everyone seems to forget that and only remember the good.
I think based on performance, Blount was significantly better. But he also played in a different era and got away with murder that modern players can't.
I think Ike is the best cover man in Steeler history. But, he isn't the playmaker Woodson was. Changing the rules wouldn't help Ike's hands.