With Santonio Holmes run out of town, the Steelers, for the most part, have no playmakers on the outside for Roethlisberger to go to. Tate provides a big target for an offense that has thrived in recent years through the air.
While Pittsburgh has needs on the offensive line and on their front seven, having an explosive offensive weapon would aid the Steelers in returning to the postseason, which they missed last year for the first time since 2006.
Tate, the 2009 Biletnikoff award winner, caught 157 balls and 26 touchdowns in three years for the Irish. He would fit in well with a receiving corps including steady veteran Hines Ward, rising talent Mike Wallace and the returning Antwaan Randle El.
Many have Demaryius Thomas and even Arrelious Benn ranked higher than Tate, but both were too inconsistent at the combine. Tate is also in the Holmes mold; a speedy, elusive, solid route runner with hands to match.
Pittsburgh has always drafted notoriously well. It will be interesting to see if that trend stays the same.
Draft Needs: RB, WR, TE, OL, NT, OLB