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First, Mike Wallace. Speed is what defines Wallace. However, in his third season (also a contract year), it feels like he will be combining his speed, hands and experience to blossom into a top five NFL receiver this year.
Second, Hines Ward. A Steelers icon for over 10 years. The greatest receiver to ever put on a Steelers uniform. He holds onto a starting role because he is Hines Ward, and having him on the field is just as important as having Ben behind center.
Third, Jerricho Cotchery. Many will disagree with me here, saying that he was only brought in to be a fifth receiver. However, I do not think the Steelers signed a former starting receiver to play fifth fiddle to a bunch of young guns. The young money crew still isn't quite ready, and Cotchery is here to eventually jump into Ward's spot.
Fourth, Antonio Brown. He showed in his rookie season that he could make the big plays. He is now showing that he also hasn't slowed down. No sophomore slump for Brown, but he is still young. Route running needs to get more crisp, and there is no harm in holding him off for a year or two.
Fifth, Emmanuel Sanders. Same reasons as AB. These two will be the future of Steelers receivers—just not this year.