The Steelers are historically known as a running team, but they’ve had some good receivers over the last decade. Guys like Hines Ward and Antonio Brown have been All-Pro-caliber players in the league. But Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery are set to be free agents this offseason, and it’s unlikely Pittsburgh will be able to afford to bring both back. That means they’ll be in the market for a wide receiver.
Luckily for the Steelers, the 2014 draft class is filled with top-notch receiving prospects. Even after taking speedster Markus Wheaton in the third round last season, Pittsburgh could stand to add a receiver early this year.
Penn State’s Allen Robinson is an intriguing prospect and one the Steelers have certainly seen a lot of, given State College’s proximity to Pittsburgh. Robinson is a possession receiver, which the Steelers like, and at 6’3” would immediately be the team's tallest pass catcher. Robinson needs to get better as a route runner, but he could make an immediate impact on this team with his work ethic and smarts. Robinson is currently sitting in the late first- to second-round area.
The Steelers will have their eyes all over the top-flight receiving talent this year. Players like Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin and Marquis Lee are all options for the team in the first round. Available later in the draft, Pittsburgh could call on Vanderbilt’s Jordan Matthews or Fresno State’s Davante Adams.
The 2014 wide receiver free agent class looks to be a good one, and one the Steelers can take advantage of.
If the Steelers want to spend the money, Denver’s Eric Decker will likely be the top target. But Decker is reportedly a top priority for the Broncos and will most likely be out of Pittsburgh’s price range.
As for the more veteran, and potentially slightly cheaper options, the Steelers could look at players like Anquan Boldin, Hakeem Nicks and James Jones, although most of these guys will also likely be out of or close to the Steelers' cap limit.
Players like Robert Meachem, Kyle Williams and Brandon LaFell could be some cheaper options who would help the offense.