Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Says QB Ben Roethlisberger Hasn’t Asked For A “Tall” Wide Receiver

Since the 2013 season ended, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has reported that sources have told him that the Pittsburgh Steelers “intend” on drafting a “tall” wide receiver for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. While that very well might end up being the case, Roethlisberger apparently hasn’t asked the team to go that route.

In an interview with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was asked if Roethlisberger has made a request for a “tall” wide receiver.

“No, he hasn’t” said Colbert. “Everybody wants big, fast – but guys get open, too. Guys that know how to get open. Our best receiver is 5’10”. I’m sure teams would rather have him than a big guy. So, size, sure it’s important and there are plenty of big receivers in this draft, but really if you get caught up just looking for a specific, you’ll miss out on a good player.”

The Steelers signed former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore on Friday and he would need a few phone books to be considered “tall”. Moore, however, is a solid third down wide receiver that works well out of the slot and should be a suitable replacement for Jerricho Cotchery, who signed last week with the Carolina Panthers.

While Roethlisberger apparently hasn’t asked for a wide receiver that can easily reach the cookie jar on the top shelf of the Steelers breakroom, he might very well end up with one just the same as the 2014 draft class is loaded with them this year.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    My thoughts exactly

  • steeltown

    Its easy to see that if Brown, Wheaton and Moore are our projected starters for the next couple yrs, the one dynamic that is missing is size. Yes, we have Moye and J.Brown and they shouldn’t be completely discounted but neither is elite in any way besides maybe their height. I fully expect the WR drafted this year to be atleast 6ft tall and most likely quite a bit taller than that

  • steelster

    Gerry Dulac seems very unreliable. So he wants a tall wide receiver is he the guy that started this rumor.

  • You don’t need a tall WR if you have a big fast TE, just saying

  • 804Stiller

    I get the tall receiver deal but don’t see where these tall receivers have taken teams to the next level. When I look at the last 10 or so SB champs, I don’t see all these big receivers. Nevertheless, if the talent is there, I’m not totally against it but I’d rather get a defensive playmaker. If the choice is Gilbert/Dennard or Evans/Benjamin, I’d rather have the corner.

  • steeltown

    Totally agree, the statistics just don’t show it, there are so many other factors at play

  • srdan

    I agree. Maybe ben said “I need a tall target” lol

  • Ike Evans

    Great point

  • dkoy85

    Notice Dulac said the Steelers intend to get Ben a tall WR- Not Ben requested a tall WR so it’s a little early to jump down Dulac’s throat.

  • dkoy85

    Haha it’s a good way for Colbert to bend the truth for sure.

  • 20Stoney

    Actually what Dulac said in that chat was “tall receiver.” Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but at the time I thought it could be a pass catching TE.

  • dkoy85

    I’d love a tall WR as much as the next guy but it’s hard to pass on the production of Marquise Lee’s 2012 campaign. Over the last 2 years he beat Watkins in almost every statistical category. He ran a 4.52 but most say he’s a 4.4 guy. Almost identical but can be had later in the 1st. I’d be very excited to see them grab him- along with about 7 other players.

  • SumnerYoung

    I think Dulac is the person who actually covets a tall receiver. The Steelers should draft the receiver who they think will be the best player, regardless of size. A couple examples, Steve Smith, former Panther now with Baltimore, is a little dude but his vertical jump is great and so are his hands and his desire to catch every ball. Wouldn’t you rather have Steve Smith than Limas Sweed? I bet Big Ben would. Another example …. there was a lot of Steelers coverage on NFL Network last week, particularly the 70’s Dynasty teams. There was a receiver who kept making incredible leaping catches named Lynn Swann. Once they showed his measurable on the screen: 6’0″ and 180 pounds. Certainly not a tall receiver but played big and played tall.

  • PA2AK

    Some moments that stick out in my mind with Steelers WR’s over the recent years…big moments, in big games, with big drops in the endzone on a ball that couldn’t have been thrown better. I know Ben has his share of fault in some misses, but he does some extraordinary things in big moments. If he has a guy he can count on in those moments…he isn’t thinking about height. Thankfully Holmes had a second chance to haul in that catch that won him the MVP…If he dropped two TD catches in a row…he would have had a much different award!

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  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I don’t believe Colbert for a second on this one. Total smokescreen. And PR repair to not hurt the feelings of Brown, Wheaton, Moore, etc.

    (We went through all this with Hines Ward before. We know how Ben really feels.)

  • AzheDraven

    Maybe he sad I want a tall receiver, not a tall wide receiver

  • SFIC

    ^ ^ ^ ^ This

  • SFIC

    I totally agree. I would take Lee or Cooks over Evans or Benjamin. That said, I would take Amaro or Ebron over any WR (except Watkins).

  • SFIC

    ^ ^ ^ ^ This

  • dkoy85

    True. The draft can’t come soon enough!

  • Paddy

    Dulac? Consider the source.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Yeah…right. And the Steelers did not ask Ben to wear a helmet, either.

  • Eddie Cruz

    I think the notion of needing a tall receiver comes from the the fact of how dominant Calvin Johnson is or aj green etc. I personally am not high on either Benjamin or Evans. I think there size makes there route running ability away and they end up in a fight for the ball and normally win. I like the mold of receivers we have had success with recently. Ward brown Wallace Holmes. I like the playmaking ability after the catch because honestly some of our biggest passing plays are not by design but by yac on receivers part. Plus these guys can be found in round 2 for us and give us the ability to draft a top notch db. I think the need for an athletic cb is higher than a luxury tall receiver in rd 1. But in the steelers I trust. Go steelers