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The pass-catchers for the Steelers left something to be desired this year, both catching the ball and holding on to it. According to NFL.com, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ wideouts led the league in fumbles with 12, three more than the second-worst Tennessee Titans.
Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders have all shown the ability to be deep-ball threats, but each is still finding his way in offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s ball control, quick passing offense.
Wallace is likely taking his talents elsewhere, so that leaves at least one opening available in the Steelers receiving corps. As with the safety solution, the Steelers have a few options for filling his spot.
This year’s draft is a certified embarrassment of riches at the wide receiver position. There is no excuse for a receiver-needy team like the Steelers to complete this draft without finding a suitable prospect.
There are no fewer than 10 prospects that I would rate as elite, excellent or great at the wideout position this year. Some names that might be unfamiliar to casual fans include three receivers with Tennessee connections.
Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson are near mirror images of each other on Tennessee’s squad. Both stand 6’3” or taller, possess blinding speed and can make the highlight reel catch.
A third former Volunteer, Da’Rick Rogers, takes a more circuitous route to the NFL. Rogers was kicked off the team for failed drug tests just before the season, and moved on to Tennessee Tech. He is quick and physical, with the same build as Hunter and Patterson.
However, if the Steelers are looking for a possession-type chain mover for Haley's short passing scheme, some targets could be available as free agents. Wes Welker will likely be leaving New England, but Danny Amendola’s play style reminds me so much of Welker’s that it could be worth it to pursue him as a younger, cheaper option instead.