A depleted defensive unit means that the Steelers offense will have to carry the load in 2014, and that means putting more points on the board.
That will be easier said than done after Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery left via free agency. To replace them, the Steelers signed Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey—two receivers that will not strike fear in a defense.
Rather than settle for a mediocre receiving corps, the Steelers may look for the big-bodied wide receiver that Ben Roethlisberger has been missing since Plaxico Burress’ first stint in Pittsburgh. The man to fill that role is Mike Evans.
Evans has terrific size at 6’5” and 231 pounds, and that presents a huge advantage when matched up against smaller defensive backs. Even without elite speed, his size has assisted him in becoming an excellent playmaker. Last season, he averaged 20 yards per reception and had 12 touchdowns.
Though he may not start as a rookie, Evans’ presence would provide an immediate threat in the red zone. Eventually, he would project as a starter opposite of Antonio Brown. His size and physical play would be a perfect complement to Brown’s speed and quickness.
Wide receiver may not be the top need, but it is hard to believe that he would not be the best player available on the board if he fell to the Steelers. It would be too hard to pass up adding this type of weapon for Roethlisberger.