With their third round selection, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected wide receiver Sammie Coates from Auburn. While the Steelers definitely needed another receiver I’m not sure that Coates was the best decision here.
He’s just under 6′ 2″ and has the prototypical size and speed you look for in a receiver but there’s two key things that really worry me with him.
First of all, he drops way too many passes. It’s something that haunted him at Auburn and again in the pre draft games and workouts. The other knock is that he and his quarterback Nick Marshall were often on different pages.
That won’t fly in the NFL and it sure as heck won’t fly with a veteran QB like Ben Roethlisberger. Ironically, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compares Coates to current Steeler Martavis Bryant. This leads me to another issue.
Why go get another guy like that?
Coates does not have the return skills the Steelers desperately need either and that was something I really thought the Steelers would look for in a receiver.
Coates had 34 receptions for over 700 yards and four touchdowns but he also had an alarming drop rate of over 19%. In other words, he drops one of every five balls thrown his way.
Obviously I hope he rounds into a solid contributor for this team but I really think there were better options in the third round.