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Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders will start, but the Steelers lack overall depth at the position and need to add at least one more option.
Draft Priority: First-Third and Fourth-Sixth
For as many draft picks that the Steelers invest in the wide receiver position, you would think that they would be more than set.
Troy Edwards, Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes were all first-round selections at the position and none earned a second contract with the Steelers.
Now the Steelers have allowed Mike Wallace to walk away, and it is entirely possible that Emmanuel Sanders will not be with the team beyond this season. Beyond this, the Steelers just lack talent at the position right now.
When the rest of the league is boosting their passing attacks, the Steelers are moving in reverse. They want to upgrade the running back position and allowed their biggest offensive threat to walk away.
But that does not mean they don’t want to upgrade the receiver position.
Not only should the Steelers invest an early draft pick on a potential No. 1 receiving option, they should also consider drafting a second receiver later in the draft.
But as far as priority goes, the Steelers can find excellent options in the first two rounds.
In the first, Keenan Allen is a refined route-runner who has the size and speed to be a physical option opposite of Antonio Brown. Then there is an athletic freak like Cordarrelle Patterson that they could consider, or the undersized Tavon Austin. Even DeAndre Hopkins should be considered.
If they pass on a receiver in the first, there are still a number of options in the second including Robert Woods, Justin Hunter, Da’Rick Rogers, Terrance Williams, Quinton Patton and Markus Wheaton.
The Steelers need an immediate upgrade on the position. It should be one of the top priorities in the draft.