Going into the combine, wide receiver was viewed as a top need for the Steelers. The kind of wide receiver the Steelers were targeting was also pretty clear.
As Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the mandate came down that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needs a big target. This limits the pool of potential wideouts somewhat, but don't take that to mean the cupboards are bare. Quite the contrary.
Other than small-school phenom John Brown from Pittsburg State University, no wide receiver did more for himself than Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans. Whereas Brown used a blazing 40-yard dash to earn draftable status, Evans did the same to plant himself firmly into the top half of the first round.
Evans checked in at the combine at an impressive 6'4" and 231 pounds. These numbers weren't all that shocking. His game is based on his long, athletic body.
What did impress was that he ran a 4.53 40-yard dash and looked very fluid doing it. Often times, bigger players essentially pound their way through the run, but he was smooth.
This level of fluidity carried over into the position drills. He plucked the ball out of the air well in the gauntlet, showing active hands.
Lazy hands are a real negative for young wideouts. You can't let that football get into your body while making the catch. Evans was effortless in his routes and went out and got the football.
At this point, it is hard to think he isn't a top target of the Steelers. The problem is he might have worked out well enough to enter the top 10 and be gone before the Steelers have the opportunity to select him.