Another Wide Receiver Double Dip Could Be On The Way For The Steelers

Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have lost both Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery during the free agent signing period, their wide receiver depth chart is pretty much nonexistent. Now, not only will the team have to draft one wide receiver in May, they might have to double dip at the position.

With all due respect to the Derek Moye and Justin Brown fans that read this, neither has given any indication that they can be long-term solutions for the Steelers at the wide receiver position. Yes, both are tall, but that’s pretty much the end to their upsides. In addition, neither has shown that they can be solid contributors on special teams and that’s a must for fourth and fifth string wide receivers on the Steelers.

Speaking of special teams, unless the Steelers intend on having Antonio Brown return punts again this coming season, they would be smart to draft at least one wide receiver that specializes in doing that, if they don’t add one via free agency that can handle that job.

The last time the Steelers double dipped at the wide receiver position during a draft was just last season when Brown and Markus Wheaton were selected. Before that it was 2010 when they nabbed both Sanders and Brown in the third and sixth round respectively. Brown ended up being a steal and the Steelers could certainly use another late-round gem like him this year to go along with an early-round instant contributor.

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  • mlc43

    On a different note..it looks like Taylor Lewan will be dropping down the draft boards with the assault charges being filed. That’s bad news because he was projected to be off the board before the Steelers picked. Now, that’s just one more spot that Gilbert or Dennard can go.

  • dgh57

    Looks like we’ll be double dipping at the CB position also. At least it’s a good year to do be doing both at WR and CB positions. (Barring any FA signing)

  • mlc43

    Has Jacoby Ford been picked up? I thought they would look at him. He was a good returner and he has great speed. Definitely not starting material but could play in spots.

  • dgh57

    He’s still out there as far as I know. The Jets took a look at him a couple days ago. Not that high on him as a WR but then again he played for the Raiders.

  • kev4heels

    1. Mike Evans WR (Will be dominant with Ben. I think he falls to us b/c the rams go after Dix)
    2. Jason Varrett CB (I know he is short, but he’s the best all-around CB in this draft. The guy is sticky and has very fluid hips with nice click and close.)
    3comp. Jeremiah Attaouchu OLB (depth at OLB that is vitally needed. give him a couple years learning).
    4. Lache Seastrunk RB (a RB this high? yep…it’s obvious we are looking for a change of pace guy to share carries with Bell…plus, too much talent to pass up).
    5. Taylor Hart DE (perfect 34 DE for our system…will start in a year).
    5comp. Aaron Colvin CB (comes off a bad injury but would have been a 2nd rounder).
    6. Crocket Gilmore TE (already better than Paulson).
    7. Kirby Vanderkamp P (i am guessing this won’t happen with the addition of Wing but we really need a good Punter.

  • Caesar

    I think they should call Damian Williams. He isn’t great, but he is taller, experienced at multiple receiver spots, and young. Would be a good fall back 3rd/4th receiver type.

  • Mark McHugh

    Yeah we’ve got a lot of holes to fill, no guarantee the player at 15 wont be a bust or get hurt. Mayock says its the best draft in 30 yrs & Colbert says 20 yrs, so if possible trade down get two more picks + 2 comp picks that’s 10 picks total. Draft
    2CB, 2WR, DT, DE, RB, 2OLB, TE, then we’ll have a full roster again.

  • 804Stiller

    Agreed. I always like his explosiveness but he was a non-factor last year.

  • Caesar

    No way Verrett is there when they pick in the second. And Crocket Gilmore will go earlier than that too. And if they drafted a punter with all the holes they have elsewhere, someone should be fired.

  • steeltown

    Been thinking the same thing, 2CBs, 2WRs, DL, OLB, RB… in any order… pending comp picks and/trade back of course, would like to add a TE as well

  • steeltown

    Agreed if there was ever a year to need CBs and WRs, this is the year

  • kev4heels

    Yeah, b/c field position means nothing in today’s NFL. Instead, let’s get a 7th round camp body that probably won’t make the first wave of cuts. Good logic.

    You might be right ref Verrett and Gilmore. And then again, you might not be. Did you think Sharif Floyd would fall all the way to 1.24 last year? How about Damontre Moore going in the 4th round? Did you forecast Keenan Allen going in the 3rd? How about Travis Frederick in the 1st?

    My point is that several guys will slide. It happens every year. Who knows which ones will. But, with Verrett going in for surgery this week for a torn labrum, it doesn’t help his stock.

  • chris ward

    Wouldn’t mind seeing the Steelers double dipping at WR and CB. WR class is loaded with talent.

  • Bill Sechrengost

    I agree that we’ll need two WR’s along with two CB’s and probably two LB’s. I wouldn’t mind them signing a veteran LB that is still out there for depth like an Arthur Moats (I see he might be going to Cleveland. Never mind). Along with the other positions they need depth at they need as many picks as they can get.

  • srdan

    But maylock and colbert aren’t the only ones that think this. A lot of teams are going to try to hoard picks for the same reason that we want to move back. There would have to be a really attractive player left on the board to get someones 3rd or fourth this year.

    But with the Lewan issues, you never know.

  • srdan

    After reading this, ebron makes sense because he does two things. He buys time to get WR next year, while still being there when father time really hits Miller.

  • Steelers12328882

    I don’t agree with the whole “Steelers won’t draft a WR in the 1st rd, because the position is deep this year” argument. If there’s better WRs out there than other positions then that just means more receivers will be taken early. You’ll still get 2nd rd WRs in the 2nd rd, 3rd rd WRs in the 3rd rd and so forth. That being said, Justin Gilbert would provide a nice return option as well as being a CB. I still think we need a big receiver that has a chance to start or at least be in the 3-receiver sets. If we go into the season with AB, Wheaton and a guy like Lance Moore I think we’re in trouble.

  • Geoff Cordner

    No to double dipping, Yes to Triple Dipping! Everyone says this is a deep and talented WR draft.. lets get three and perhaps the third one be a WR/RB mix… got to be a good couple out there? anyone?

  • mlc43

    Screw it!! Let’s get 4!!!!

  • Geoff Cordner

    All WR draft! we have to hit gold with one of them at least

  • Geoff Cordner

    I’d rather they sign a vet LB than WR considering what’s out there.. (oops edit: sign not draft)

  • mlc43

    We need to improve our odds even more!! Lets trade Ben so we can get more picks for even more WRs!! :)

  • Geoff Cordner

    Or trade Ben for a NT – ugh… I would rather a draft with multiple WRs than a draft with a round one NT pick.

  • Caesar

    Ok, want some logic on why to not bother drafting a punter? Of the top ten punters last year in NET average, only four made the playoffs. Of the bottom twelve, four also made the playoffs. Of the teams in the league championship games, the punters ranked 4th (SF), 16th (NE), 19th (SEA), and 24th (DEN).

    So logically, not much of a positive correlation between punting success and winning.

  • steeltown

    True, instead of double dipping at WR we could in theory get Ebron early and then a WR/KR in the mid Rds, of course this would be with the notion that we also bring in someone like Lance Moore to provide depth behind A.Brown and Wheaton

  • mlc43

    Honestly, I think we are too thin at too many places to pick 3 WRs.

  • mlc43

    I would think he has some value to us if he isn’t asking for the moon, which I don’t see why he would be. He’s never been highly paid.

  • Mark McHugh

    That’s true but some teams want to win right now, have owners that like cocaine to much, or are just plane stupid, you never know.

  • kev4heels

    Well, the top-3 WR’s in the league last year ITO yardage (Gordon, Brown and Johnson) didn’t make the playoffs either. Neither did 3 of the top 5 RB’s (Peterson, Forte and Morris). Guess they shouldn’t have been draft either.

  • Richie

    It won’t matter one bit

  • Richie

    If they drafted all CBs WRs and LBs it would be OK by me

  • steeltown

    Funny thing, some people don’t want to bring in Lance Moore or some of the other guys out there in FA land, but all you have to do is look at the Patriots and how they work.. they have Edelman, Dobson, Thompkins and Boyce..they went out and recently sign Brandon LaFell and I read they are actually planning to meet with Lance Moore as well

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    misdemeanor will get pled down to like a citation

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    NO

  • http://www.nyob.com/ Dr. Doom

    I am fine with them rebuilding, I am hoping for a big WR and a Big TE

  • mlc43

    I would normally agree. However, this was brought up to him in his interviews at the combine and he stated that he was in NO WAY involved in a fight of any kind. Now the charges, oh and he’s the only person charged at all in the incident. He’s also been connected to intimidation of a woman who was claiming sexual harassment charges against a teammate. I don’t know…whether any of it is true or not I think it will cause some teams to think about things.

  • steeltown

    What NO?, What?

  • Milliken Steeler

    LOL!

  • Milliken Steeler

    If they snatched Ebron in the first they could go defense for the next three picks and still get someone like Jeff Janis possibly in the fifth round. The kid is going to be a steal and would be another big, fast target for Ben.

  • cencalsteeler

    DeVante Adams had his pro day yesterday and his forty times dropped in the 4.5 range. This should up his stock some and I believe he is on Dave’s mock draft board. Someone to keep an eye on.

  • AndyR34

    I am NOT against a FA WR…I AM against L. Moore. However, you cannot compare the Pats offense to the Steelers offense, nor Brady to Ben. Brady is very accurate and gets the ball off quickly, thus smurfs that can get separation quickly will work in the Pats offense. Ben hates to get rid of the ball quickly, his accuracy is not as good as Brady’s, and he prefers to chuck it far downfield, thus smurfs have somewhat more difficulty in the Steelers offense for they need to get and maintain separation. That said, Ben did run the quick offense to a greater degree at the end of last year and had some success.

  • steeltown

    When was I comparing Ben to Brady or their Offense to ours? Just pointing out the importance of quality experienced depth.

    What do you have against Lance Moore? …and don’t say his age or his height, he’s younger and faster than Cotchery and he has obviously overcome his lack of stature with solid production, route running and good hands

  • AndyR34

    1) Evidently, I mis-understood the point of your post re the Pats, but I think their success is based upon Brady…not their receivers, FA or otherwise.

    2) My issues with Moore are two-fold…I don’t think he will be a good locker-room fit based upon MY reading of his outside-football activities and secondly, I think his “production” was more of a result of Drew Brees and the NO offense…not some great qualities of his. I admit I haven’t watched much film of his as you must have because of your comment on his route-running and good hands.

  • steeltown

    New Orleans Offense or not, that’s debatable, he’s still experienced with 346 career receptions and 38TDs

    What out-side football activities have you read about? Moore was named the New Orleans 2012 Man of the Year for his contributions off the field to the community and was the team’s nominee for the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Mickey Loomis praised his on and off field contributions and the NO fans were pretty upset with his release…

  • SFIC

    Dave, although drafting 2 WR’s this May could be a possibility, I think the Steelers would be more inclined to sign a vet FA then draft a WR fairly early. I also expect to see a TE drafted.

  • Joe La

    Steelers need to grab a big wide receiver, not a corner at number 15. Currently we have pretty much no WR corps to speak of, our cornerback trio of Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen and William Gay is not bad at all. Finished 9th in pass defence last season, not to mention a lot of our troubles were because Ryan Clark simply couldnt keep up to provide adequate coverage over the top (remember we primarily play a zone coverage scheme) now that we’ve upgraded with Mike Mitchell I fully expect our pass defence to return to lofty heights. Ike has been much maligned but in reality he was solid this season except against Torrey Smith, Josh Gordon and Calvin Johnson. Torrey Smith only got a high total because of one long bomb by flacco which was well defended by Ike and was just a superb catch, Josh Gordon and Calvin Johnson had respectively torched nearly every single defence theyd come up against and in both cases it mainly highlighted Ryan Clark’s deficiencies rather than Ike Taylor’s

  • Robert Loveless Reid

    Then why would we want him? We need tostay the course and look Justin Gilbert in the first….ike has been a great corner, but its time to groom his replacement

  • Rye Stye

    I think there are many other needs aside from WR. Obviously Wheaton has to step up. That is what you expect from a high pick in year two. Moore now replaces Cotchery. Justin Brown should be given a chance. I would hope for one WR in this draft only and no higher than round 3. We need a DE, ILB and CB that can play day one from this draft. This should be the priority. Steelers D took a real dip last year in points allowed per game. That was the difference. The offence has been consistent and should improve with some cohesion on the OL and Bell in his second year. I’m for D all the way.