The Steelers only have four receivers under contract for the 2012 season—Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown and Hines Ward. However, that number could be slashed to three, should the rumors of Ward's departure turn out to be true.
If Ward does end up leaving (or even if he ends up staying, for that matter), the Steelers will likely take a wide receiver at some point in the draft. The only question is when.
Will they take a risk and shoot for one of the bigger-name guys in the early rounds? Or will they be patient and look to take a sleeper somewhere further down the line? We'll have to wait and see.
I believe the Steelers' decision to take a wide receiver is some point is almost guaranteed—not only because they are lacking at the position, but because they have a recent history of picking wide receivers from the college ranks.
Since 2000, they have picked at least one receiver per draft on all but two occasions. Some of those picks have paid off (Antwaan Randle El, Mike Wallace), while others never amounted to much (Willie Reid, Dallas Baker). It is what it is.
So, without further ado, here are seven receivers (one for each round) who the Steelers may have the opportunity to draft.