Ben Roethlisberger Was On The Phone With Martavis Bryant 10 Minutes After He Was Drafted

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had to wait until the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft until a “tall” wide receiver was selected, but once the choice of Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant was made, the quarterback was on the phone 10 minutes later welcoming him to the team.

“Yeah, I was [surprised] to be honest with you but it was a good experience for me,” Bryant said Friday after the first practice of Steelers’ rookie mini camp, according to Scott Brown of ESPN.com. “He asked me when I was coming out here and I told him I report Monday.”

During the several months leading up to the draft, there had been heavy speculation that the team would provide Roethlisberger a “tall” wide receiver early on in the draft, but the first two selections wound up being spent on defensive players instead.

In round three, I bet Roethlisberger was shocked when the Steelers grabbed diminutive running back/wide receiver Dri Archer with the 33rd pick in the third-round. At that point, the Steelers quarterback probably thought the organization heard small instead of tall.

The Steelers, however, were able to fill the “tall” receiver request in round three as Bryant was surprisingly still on the board come time for their pick to be made. It had been reported that they almost decided to take Bryant in round three, but the gamble to wait a pick paid off.

While he has already caught a few passes from Roethlisberger, Bryant will have to wait a little over a week until he gets to work with him for the first time during a real practice as the team will begin their OTAs on Tuesday, May 27 – the day after Memorial Day.

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  • Steve

    Nice of Ben to welcome Bryant into the fold. Another weapon to add to the arsenal.

  • Steelers12328882

    Did he call Archer too?

  • Kurt Williams

    Archer is not tall!! lol!

  • WilliamSekinger

    The question that demands to be answered is: Are Bryant and Haley speaking yet?

  • Big White

    The best thing I saw in that interview was his calm. When asked about catching balls and calls from Ben, the guy acted as if it were no big deal. Just another day at the office. Most rookies would be grinning ear to ear and would be giggling like a school girl.

  • scott2443

    just hope he and ben can get a feel for each other and the speed of bens passes..

  • chris ward

    Good to hear that Ben called Bryant after he was drafted. Bryant is one of the most intriguing draft picks, hope he can be that red zone threat that the Steelers need.

  • PA2AK

    Huge plus side for sure, but not a crucial loss if he doesn’t pan out 100% because they got him so late….assuming the guys ahead of him DO work out.

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Sort of funny but sort of not.

    I guess I could see him not thinking of Dri as a receiver but I would have been pretty excited if I was the QB

  • blue

    Ben is Steelers franchise QB, won 2 Super Bowls, respect/honor his demands while he is here, so he can lead us to more. Go Steelers, drive for #7

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    I’m really happy for Ben. He is a top QB but for some reason the front office has refused to bring in the type of WR’s he likes best. It’s almost like what Robert Kraft does with Brady. You’ll take the receivers we give you and you’ll like it.

    Wouldn’t it be funny if Ben started throwing to Bryant more than any other WR? And he put up record numbers as a rookie?

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Beautifully said.

  • John C

    ? What?

  • John C

    LOL….Nice!

  • John C

    I am sure he will under throw Archer as much as he did Wallace….50%

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    What? What tall receivers have the Steelers drafted since Ben got here? You don’t think Ben’s excited to FINALLY get one?

  • Nick Lawrence

    While we’d all have liked for them to draft a big-bodied receiver in the past, it’s hard to deny the incredible success the Steelers have had in drafting wide receivers over the past decade; Nate Washington, Santonio Holmes, Mike Wallace, Manny Sanders, Antonio Brown… all much better-than-average producers in the NFL for multiple seasons. Not to mention Plax and Hines coming from just over a decade ago.

  • AzheDraven

    Did Bryant said him the same things DeCastro did? LOL

  • Weiss Chad

    I definitely wouldn’t add sanders to that list

  • shawn

    or washington

  • Weiss Chad

    I love that after he scores touchdowns now he acts like he has been there before.He attacks football at high point.Big enough to break tackles and be red zone threat and fast enough to be a deep.I can’t help but to think they may have ended up with the best pro reciever outta he ,Hopkins,and Watkins ..Imagine that…

  • Anrep

    Let’s not get ahead of our selves.

  • Weiss Chad

    You are right, I like the things I see from him.The fact that he seems to be growing up and the desire to be good. . I can see him getting a lot of balls thrown his way year two.If he is anything close to a plaxico burres type player,this pick was huge.I see a super fast wr for his size who makes big plays despite not getting ball all that much.Seems to make the most out of his opportunities given.Idk if that’s a benefit of having Watkins and Hopkins but we have the benefit of having brown and hopefully a productive Wheaton.Steelers have put together a nice array of wr IMO.

  • Elliot G

    Probably won’t throw to him at all if Dri doesn’t make the final cut.