Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 NFL Draft Needs: Wide Receiver

Any discussion about depth with respect an NFL team’s draft needs must include to variables – quality and quantity. When it comes to the Pittsburgh Steelers needs in the 2014 NFL Draft at wide receiver the team has one, but not the other.

Antonio Brown leads the Steelers at wide receiver, having had a break through blockbuster year in 2013 as he established himself as an elite number one NFL wide receiver.  The free agent addition of Lance Moore on paper gives the Steelers a salary cap cost effective replacement for Jerricho Cotchery in terms of quality.

  • Outside of Brown and Moore, the Steelers have zero (proven) quality depth.

If the Steelers lack quality, they do not lack quantity or potential for that matter. The Steelers have high hopes for second year man Markus Wheaton, with hopes he will develop into the starting role. Derek Moye also showed some promise, although his inability to get on the active list on a consistent basis reveal how his development has been limited.

The Steelers also added Darrius Heyward-Bey a former University of Maryland star whom the Oakland Raiders made the 7th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and has disappointed since, failing to even break the 1,000 yard mark.

steelers draft nlf draft needs 2014 priorities wide receiverFor the record, the Steelers also have 2013 6th round pick Justin Brown and his practice squad companion Kashif Moore. They are joined by futures contract signers Jasper Collins and Lanear Sampson.

  • Bodies the Steelers have a plenty at wide receiver. Experience? Not so much.
The Steelers interest in wide receiver in the 2014 NFL draft is nowhere near close to secret. Yet, the team isn’t going on in on finding immediate help via the draft, as evidenced by the signing of Heyward-Bey.

Yet given the fact that the Steelers do have “bodies” in place, Steeler Curtain Rising rates their overall need at receiver at Moderate-High.

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