If you’re one of those who have begged and pleaded for the Steelers to add a big wide receiving target then you may not be getting your wish.
Before you jump all over Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin, you need to consider it really isn’t their fault.
Based on the performances today of the wide receivers at the annual NFL Combine, the strategy of not only the Steelers but of other teams as well could be changing.
We knew there would be serious depth in this draft across the board and we also knew that the receiver position was one of those areas with extreme depth.
I don’t think anyone could have expected to see so many guys do so well however at the combine.
From speed to catching the ball with their hands to route running, many of the receivers that performed today were better than advertised in many ways.
That means top guys like Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin became even more in demand and lower rated guys like Pittsburg State’s John Brown saws their stock rise as well.
Evans was one that really helped himself and probably put himself in the top ten because I don’t see him getting past Detroit with the tenth pick. In terms of what the dearth of receivers means for Pittsburgh is this; they’ll probably focus more on cornerbacks and safeties for that number 15 pick now.
They know that receivers will be there in the second and third rounds and while that may not be what many fans want to hear, I think has to be considered. For those of us that would like to see offense be the point of emphasis on this team I think we can can get ready for the status quo.
Much can certainly happen over the next 70 or so days but the combine did nothing to deter us from thinking there weren’t a lot of quality wideouts in this draft. If anything, it may significantly alter what the Steelers plan to do in the opening round.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.