Draft Priority: First-Third and Fifth-Seventh
Pittsburgh took a hit at the wide receiver position after it lost Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery to free agency. So to rebuild, Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey were added to the depth chart.
Even with Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton returning, the new additions should not be enough to make anyone feel secure with the receiving corps.
Brown is the only significant threat at this point with Wheaton as an unproven commodity, Moore filling the void as a role player and Heyward-Bey adding speed, but inconsistency as well. Given the depth at receiver in this draft, the Steelers must consider selecting two.
In the first round, Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandin Cooks should be on the radar.
Evans would provide Roethlisberger with his first tall target since Plaxico Burress while Beckham and Cooks bring elite speed to the position. However, with so many talented options, the Steelers may be better off waiting until the second or even third round before selecting a receiver.
Receivers such as Allen Robinson, Kelvin Benjamin, Davante Adams and Jordan Matthews are talented options with size who may be available when the Steelers select in the second. With some experienced veterans on the roster, none would have to play a major role as a rookie.
In the third, Donte Moncrief and Martavis Bryant have terrific size and speed, while a player such as Jarvis Landry does not have the same physical tools but has proven to be very reliable at the college level.
All of these receivers will have an opportunity to develop into a No. 1 or 2 receiver. But one should not be enough.
The Steelers need to take advantage of the depth and draft a second receiver between the fifth and seventh rounds, as well.
Brandon Coleman, Jalen Saunders, Cody Latimer and Devin Street are all viable late-round options. Another interesting name to watch is Dri Archer. He may not have a true position, but he has elite speed and playmaking ability as an offensive weapon and special teams player.
Roethlisberger is one of the best quarterbacks in the league and the Steelers need to surround him with the better talent. Selecting two receivers in this draft would be a good start.