Nov 17, 2012; Charleston, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (1) catches the ball during the second half against the NC State Wolfpack at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 62-48. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Martavis Bryant a Pittsburgh Steelers starter in 2014?


Jan 3, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Martavis Bryant (1) makes a touchdown catch as Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Armani Reeves (26) defends during the second half in the 2014 Orange Bowl college football game at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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.

However he could easily turn into be Limas Sweed instead of a productive target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

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.

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  • SDAZT.STEEL66

    If BA was the OC, I would really love this pick. Sadly, I can’t see Haley using Bryant’s speed to stretch defense vertically for the likes of Brown, Moore, Wheaton and the backs & ends. Moreover, I cannot see Haley using Bryant’s size to stretch defenses horizontally in the red zone as another tall target for Big Ben to find.

    I hope this guy sees the field and is able to contribute if he is ready, but I really think Haley lacks the creativity to utilize his unique skill-set which no other member of the WR corps possesses.

  • ApexSteel

    Is that a reflection of the rest of the talent on our roster or of his talent as a player.

    • Skip Carlsbaugh

      probably a little of both. Past Antonio brown, what really is there? An unknown who has yet to show us anything in Wheaton, and 2 VERY subaverage type recievers in Moore and Heyward Bay.

  • [email protected]

    I think at a MINIMUM, he comes in on Red Zone situations…..
    Imagine a D lining up and looking at Big Ben, AB, Blount force trauma, and Bryant…….

    I think I like that!!!!