Steelers Draft Needs: Quarterback & Wide Receiver

The Steelers Situation at Quarterback:

Just over a month ago the only question here was whether Charlie Batch could and should return for another year. Now the Steelers face two complex questions.

Can their incumbent starting quarterback made a dramatic change in his life?

And if not, is Dennis Dixon the next man to lead the Steelers?

How the Steelers Should Treat Quarterback in the Draft:

The Steelers seem intent on giving it a go with Dixon if their current starter forces them to part ways with him. That means that the Steelers will not use a top pick on a signal caller. But if a promising prospect should fall to the mid rounds, they’d be wise to consider taking him.

The Steelers Situation at Wide Receiver:

Again, one month ago the only question was whether 2008 second round pick Limas Sweed could show the Steelers enough to force them to find a place on the roster.

Dealing Santonio Holmes has completely scrambled the picture. The Steelers no longer have a mix of proven veterans, players in their prime, and rising youth.

How the Steelers Should Treat Wide Receiver in the Draft:

The Steelers worked out a lot of wide receivers prior to the draft. The Steelers history of using number one picks on Wide Receivers goes like this:

Lynn Swann (’74), Louis Lipps (’84), Charles Johnson (’94), Troy Edwards (’99), Plaxico Burress (’00) and Santonio Holmes.

Although they got good value on both ends, Lipps was the last wide out to get a second contract. So, if “the best available athlete” on the board in the first round is a wide out, some gun shyness on the part of the Steelers brain trust can be forgiven.

Nonethless, if they see a playmaker that can help them, they should grab him.

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