A former first round pick of the Denver Broncos, Lelie never lived up to the hype of a true number one receiver.
Lelie started his career with the Broncos lasting four years, compiling 168 receptions for 3,007 yards and 12 TDs.
His best year came in 2004, with 54 receptions for 1,084 yards and seve TDs.
Lelie would come to Pittsburgh with the knowledge of being No. 3—for now.
Hines Ward recently signed a four year extension, but how much longer can we count on "smiley" to be the true number one receiver he has always been?
If Lelie were to come in and accept his role as the field stretcher, our four-receiver set would include the sure handed Ward, the future star in Holmes, the speedy Lelie, and the kid Limas Sweed.
If Sweed comes along like the reports have him, this would give Big Ben two very large weapons, in Lelie (6'3, 195) and Sweed (6'4, 220), two burners, Lelie and Holmes, and all four with the ability to make plays.
My opinion, the best receiving tandem in the NFL.
Last year before the draft, Ben Roethlisberger requested a tall receiver. With the addition of Ashley Lelie, he would have two very talented ones.