Needless to say, the draft pick I feel the Pittsburgh Steelers got the most value out of during the 2014 NFL Draft was being able to nab Clemson speedster Martavis Bryant in the fourth round.
While Bryant is far from a finished product, he is blessed with great size and blazing speed.
The point is we just don’t know.
With that being said, did Steelers’ general manager Kevin Colbert draft Bryant with the intention of starting him in 2014?
“I’m not going to say that he is going to start, but potentially he could,” wide receivers coach Richard Mann said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We feel like we got a guy to put opposite of Antonio Brown.”
While Roethlisberger and the Steelers are said to be thrilled with Bryant and I am as well, I believe he is far from a guy that you can pencil into the starting lineup right off the bat.
However Bryant has the skill set that could force the Steelers hand into doing exactly that as Bryant gives the Steelers something they don’t currently have in their receiving corps and Mann said the team was “hunting” for the kind of bigger receiving threat they haven’t had in the offense since Plaxico Burress left for the Giants.
If all works out well for Bryant, he could go from playing opposite a great collegiate receiver in Sammy Watkins to playing opposite a great NFL receiver in Brown.
Only time will tell, but it looks like the Steelers have big plans for Bryant right off the bat.