Weight: 195 pounds
Quinton Patton might be gone in the second round. If he's still on the board in the third round, the Steelers should snatch him up, especially if Mike Wallace hits the open market.
The Steelers' top three receivers are third-round picks Wallace and Emmanuel Sanders and sixth-round pick Antonio Brown.
Jerricho Cotchery was a fourth-round pick by the Jets in 2004. The Steelers chose Plaxico Burress in the first round in 2000, but that was in a previous life.
If the Steelers can get a running back and a defensive player in the first two rounds, they can continue their trend of waiting until the third round to pick a receiver and possibly get a good one in Patton.
Since it can't be assumed Burress will be around for another year, Patton would bring some height to the position.
If Wallace leaves, the most likely scenario would be for Sanders to move into his starting spot alongside Brown. Given Sanders' injury history, however, a starting job could be up for grabs in camp next August.
Patton might not dazzle with measurables at the NFL Scouting Combine, but he's a good yards-after-the-catch guy, according to NFL Draft Scout.
Patton also would be a good red-zone target and he can block, as NFL.com puts it.
"Sells routes where he knows he’s not the primary target to free up the underneath or cross-field receiver. Shows fight as a run blocker, willing to hit multiple punches to keep his man at bay and works himself into the correct blocking angle. Hustles downfield to help out fellow ball-carriers. Plays with a feisty attitude."
If that's not enough to make Steelers scouts salivate over the thought of Patton in black and gold, then how about his 21-catch, 233-yard, four-touchdown performance in Louisiana Tech's 59-57 loss to Texas A&M this season.
Patton helped the Bulldogs rally from a 27-0 deficit to within two points in that game.
Patton, an all-Western Athletic Conference first-teamer, caught 104 passes this season for 1,392 yards and 13 touchdowns.