This is an area where the Steelers need to make a significant addition.
While Antonio Brown is a fantastic punt returner, the Steelers cannot afford to use him on each and every return.
Your number one wide receiver just shouldn’t see that much action in what has to be one of the more dangerous positions on the field.
If you look at the current roster, there is very little NFL experience in the way of punt and kick returning. Outside of Brown the only other receiver with any return experience is Markus Wheaton and that would be stretching the term ‘experience.’
The ideal situation for the Steelers would be to get a guy in the draft who can play a position but also can bring return experience to the table as well. This could be a wide receiver, cornerback or running back. The advantage of getting a multiple threat guy is that you don’t have to waste a roster spot on just a ‘return specialist.’
Right now, guys like Justin Gilbert of Oklahoma State and Odell Beckham Jr of LSU are guys that would fit the mold for what the Steelers should be looking for but that won’t be a deal maker by any stretch. They will look for position strength first and return skills second.
That said, a skilled return man is something I believe the Steelers need to look for in this upcoming draft. You cannot measure the importance of field position in today’s NFL.
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 weekly on Trib-Live Radio talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.