The Pittsburgh Steelers evened-up their draft distribution at the start of Day 3. With needs at corner, wide receiver and outside linebacker, the Steelers welcomed aboard Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant.
The 6-foot-4 Bryant finally gives Ben Roethlisberger the tall target he has supposedly craved. Bryant doesn’t have the strength and elusiveness of his former teammate Sammy Watkins, but he goes after the ball and brings it down.
He has proved to be a big end-zone target which meets an immediate need in the Steelers offense. He compares favorably to Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee, who both went in Round 2. His fall into the fourth round smooths over the choice of Dri Archer over a receiver in Round 3.
Bryant isn’t going to “wow” you in blocking but he is willing to help in run game. He has great vision tracking the ball and has the speed to take the top off a defense. He showed incredible speed at the combine, running a 4.42 40.
It was a bit of a shock he was still available in the fourth round. He sees the ball well in over-the-shoulder throws Terry Bradshaw and John Stallworth perfected years ago.
Forty years after they chose the 6-foot-4 Stallworth in the fourth round, the Steelers are hoping they have uncovered another steal in Bryant.
THE GRADE : Talent and Need
|Athlete with Potential||Depth|
|Smart/Good Character but ?Athlete||Project|
Analysis: A- for Value
How can you not love the history and value in this pick? Bryant looked like a possible Round 3 pick had the Steelers not surprised us all with the pick of scatback/kick returner Dri Archer.
Bryant gives the Steelers a deep threat and end-zone presence. The Browns might regret bypassing this receiver.