Jan 1, 2014; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Quincy Enunwa (18) catches a pass before the start of their game against the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field . Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers WR outlook heading into Day 3 of Draft


Two days of the 2014 NFL Draft are in the books and still no wide receiver or cornerback selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers, positions every expert thought they desperately needed.

Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton (11) looks on from the sidelines against the Tennessee Titans during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Tennessee Titans won 16-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

They even ignored a receiver to select offensive player Dri Archer. Yes, instead of a receiver [or corner], the Steelers used a third-round draft pick on a 5’7” 180 pound scat back/kick returner from Kent State.

Surprise, Surprise.

So we were wrong.

What this all says is the Steelers must really like their third-round pick from 2013, Markus Wheaton.

Wheaton is the likely starter to replace Emmanuel Sanders. They also quietly added two free agents, Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey, whose odds to making a significant roster contribution just went significantly up. They also still have Justin Brown (2013 6th-rounder) and Derek Moye.

The Steelers still have six picks left in Day 3 to add young talent.

Perhaps the Steelers will snag WR Quincy Enunwa from Nebraska who was projected to be a late round pick but rising. He is one of the strongest receivers in the draft with size and speed. He clocked a 4.45 in the 40, which perked interest around the league. Enuwa is also a willing blocker.

His deficiencies are listed as losing ball focus and unpolished as a route-runner.

Comparison: Former Cardinals and Ohio State Buckeye WR David Boston before the protein shake addiction.

Where else could the Steelers turn?

Here’s a quick look at some targets for Rounds 4 and 5.

 Steelers Shortlist for Round 4-5:

OLB Carl Bradford

CB Ross Cockrell

CB Bashaud Breeland

WR Martavis Bryant

CB Shaquille Richardson

 

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Tags: 2014 NFL Draft Markus Wheaton Pittsburgh Steelers Quincy Enunwa

  • bk

    Norwood wr, Bryant wr, desir cb, Watkins, cb, Roberson cb, purifoy cb and the S from Bayloe… TE? Lynch maybe? Lyerla?

  • bk

    SO it’s Bryant… raw, but in a couple years could be a great pick (finally) red zone threat for sure… just wondering if he’s Plaxico or Limas… physically he could be an AJ Green type (not gonna say he is AJ green) but he can win some jump balls

    • Matt Shetler

      I like it. He was one of the guys I wanted to see them get and good value in the 4th round. Likely had him tagged in the third

  • Carl Eagan

    Only pseudo experts and band wagon fans thought they needed to draft a WR in the high rounds. The people who think any WR drafted could start n front of Brown and Moye should stick to girls soccer as only Watkins, Lee and maybe Evans could do that from this class.

  • Erin McDowell

    They managed to get 2 off this list. THey are killing it!