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Gerry Dulac Still Believes Steelers Are Looking To Draft A Tall Receiver


Several months ago, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said the Pittsburgh Steelers “intend” on drafting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a “tall” receiver. With the draft now just one week away, Dulac still believes that’s the team’s intentions.

Dulac said Wednesday in his online chat that Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans will be the Steelers first round selection if still on the board come their time to pick, but that they do not expect him to be there. I think he’ll be the first to tell you that isn’t a huge revelation.

Dulac goes on to say in his chat that he’ll be “very surprised” if the Steelers draft any wide receiver smaller than 6-3 in the early rounds. If indeed that winds up being the case, that would narrow down the early round prospects to Kelvin Benjamin, Jordan Matthews and Martavis Bryant. If we were to give Dulac another inch to play with, we could throw Allen Robinson, Donte Moncrief and Cody Latimer into the “tall receiver” pool as well.

As far as Benjamin goes, Dulac thinks there’s a “very good chance” that he could be the Steelers first-round target.

“I will tell you that one of the Steelers people think he is the second best receiver in the draft, after Sammy Watkins,” he said.

While I’m sure the Steelers haven’t revealed their draft strategy to Dulac, there’s no denying that he’s pretty well connected to the team. In a little more than week from today, we’ll know for sure whether or not he’s come up short this offseason on his tall receiver prognostication.

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  • Paddy

    We will see, I still think they like Latimer in the second round.

  • 20Stoney

    I’d like to have a tall guy too, but they should not be taking a lesser receiver because he’s an inch or two taller than a better one. If you’re going to draft a receiver, just take the best receiver.

  • Kyle Owens

    KELVIN ALPHONSE* BENJAMIN!!!

    *middle name may or may not be accurate

  • dkoy85

    One more damn week!

  • BradleyT

    Im Hoping they draft Kelvin Benjamin. But as long as they draft a good player that fits a need and can come in and contribute this year I’ll be happy. This draft is taking forever to get here.

  • AzheDraven

    Is there a chance they trade up for evans? Im saying like 10-20% but that would be nice.

  • 20Stoney

    He would be nice, but I think we need to have more picks, not less. Too many holes to try and fill.

  • srdan

    Do volvo drivers wear seatbelts?

    One of you used that saying with me a few months ago, been beating it to a pulp!

  • AzheDraven

    Yes, I dont want a trade because I dont want them to lose picks, but I want Evans, Hope he steals some crablegs and falls to 15 lol

  • Iron Cadet

    I have to be missing something. What does that comment have to do with anything?

  • srdan

    lol, i had a rough night, youre not missing anything.

  • Jim Foles

    i have two volvos and do wear a seat belt.

  • dgh57

    Just give me a WR that gets the job done!

  • steeltown

    Wow no shorter than 6’3?? I don’t know about that, I think if they like a guy they like a guy. They’re not going to pass on a good prospect because he’s only 6’2… madness

  • Johnny Loose

    as long as the “tall reciever” doesn’t have the coordination of a giraffe on roller skates, I’m in.

  • CrazyTerry

    For a guy like Ben who can hit those intermediate routes really well, wouldn’t a two TE attack ala NE be better than focusing on a tall WR?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Yes, but don’t you think a tough, tall WR could also run those same patterns? Same thing, no?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    And on the topic at hand — I like Matthews best.

  • Doug Sawyer

    Gerry Dulac has always had a great sense of what is going on behind the scenes. If he say’s the Steelers have Kelvin Benjamin rated as the second best WR in the draft then good…draft him…I have cajoled for this to happen enough and taken a lot of flack for it…at this point all I can say is Gerry has a good feel for whats going on and his statements are indicitive of KB going to Pittsburgh at 15

  • Doug Sawyer

    If they have KB listed as the 2nd best WR in the draft…per Gerrys words
    it is assuredly Benjamin they will covet

  • Doug Sawyer

    it will be KB read what Gerry’s saying and put it all in context

  • Doug Sawyer

    I know…how does this get lost on everyone?

  • RW

    And so do I. Hopefully they go that direction…

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I’d like to see Benjamin as a Steeler. And if the FO grades him high enough to take him in the first, go for it. I have my thoughts and opinions like any fan, but I’m no Armchair GM. Even though I liked Bell (prior to the 2013 Draft), I thought the second round was really early to take him. And I was, happily, wrong about that.

    It’s an exciting time to be a Steeler fan, because lots of young talent is emerging (Bell, DeCastro, Beachum, Thomas, Wheaton). All I want from this draft is more impact players to keep that trend going. KB could be a VERY intriguing weapon to help take this offense to a new level.

  • steeltown

    In relation to Benjamin, he basically is a WR/TE hybrid at his size, he’s been known to lay some nasty crackback blocks and can motion inside to chip DEs

  • steeltown

    Im starting to think so as well. He has rare size. He ran as low as 4.53, if THAT time was his “official” time he’d be in everyones 1st Rd mocks and probably in the teens across the board.

  • SumnerYoung

    As long as his middle name isn’t Limas.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    Assuming that Kelvin Benjamin will for a fact be there when the Steelers pick. Another team may very well trade up before the Steelers and take him. Any number of teams may want him for any number of reasons as there could definitely be a “run” early in the first round for WRs.

  • steeltown

    Second that notion regarding Le’Veon, happy to be wrong

  • blackandgoldBullion

    All the more reason to try to trade down with San Fran. They may want a WR, or a CB badly, or LB. They have a crap load of picks to trade. SF on speed dial.

  • stellarsfan

    I agree. I’m really starting to think it will be gilbert/dennard/fuller in round 1 and Matthews/Latimer/Benjamin in the 2nd.

  • Steven Ledbetter

    Benjamin is a bust

  • Doug Sawyer

    lol

  • Travis Brockie

    who gives a crap about the height of a receiver. Antonio brown is 5’10. give me 5 of him to fill out my WR corps and the Steelers would be unstoppable. Talent tumprs Height. Period. And Odell Beckam Jr’s Talent is sky high compared to Benjamins. Benjamin will be the next Limas Sweed.

  • Paddy

    I really like Beckam but I don’t make the picks

  • steelster

    I like Latimer but now it looks like he might be taken in the late first round and won’t fall to the steelers in the second. Maybe the steelers should take Latimer in the first. That would be a huge surprise.

  • joed32

    I like Beckham a lot but I wouldn’t put the “Sweed” tag on Benjamin, that’s just not fair.

  • James Kling

    I don’t see Latimer going R1. Maybe R2.

  • Jacque Strappe

    I think when it’s all said and done, Latimer will be the best receiver in this draft class.

  • srdan

    Man I have a hard time disagreeing with you. But we will be staring at 2 names on the board that have been mocked much higher than our pick, happens every eyar. To take KB who is mocked much lower would be a shocker.

    I take mocks iwth a grain of salt. With that said, I would be ecstatic with a KB pick.

  • Matt Manzo

    If he does go in one maybe Matthews is there for us? Latimer and Matthews are the only solid rnd 2 players for me.
    I’m still on the fence with ARobinson too!

  • srdan

    He is bigger than most 3/4 olbs, and approaches 4/3 DE size. Crazy to think about someone that size cracking back in pittsburgh from the WR spot.

    Craziness the size of todays athletes in teh NFL

  • steeltown

    Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely a few players that Colbert and Co. have graded higher than Benjamin, but if those players are gone and we cant trade back…

  • srdan

    im just not a fan of drafting for need. I like when we draft for who will be the biggest stud in 5 years, regardless of position. To me, a receiver his size would be hard to beat using my strategy. The only other player that has a chance to fall to us that I would hold to that regard would be Lewan.

    And I think that both of them give us an immediate boost where we need it most-the red zone.

    Either bully people with blunt and bell, with 3 first rounders on the oline, or have one of the tallest receivers in the league catching passes from teh tallest qb in the league in the redzone.

  • Weiss Chad

    Matthews,lattimore,lee,cooks,Evans,Watkins ,Adams ,beckam,and possibly moncrief,all better than Benjamin .

  • Weiss Chad

    IMO marquise lee stays healthy he is best wr in draft

  • srdan

    Everyone should wear them.

  • cp72

    I wanted Eddy Lacy. Thought we needed a true power back. I am glad I was wrong. Bell offers more in the passing game blocking and receiving.

    Now with Blount on the roster we have the best of both worlds.

  • Iron Cadet

    Hahaha

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I hope we go cb in 1 instead of wr i agree both positions are deep in the draft talent and what we are looking for in wr can be had later saying that if we got one of the top cbs i don’t care who we get at wr

  • Jugs73

    Height helps. But I’ll take hops, long vines, and sticky mitts all day from my WR’s.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I agree with you, but despite being behind in tons of games with all that garbage time, AB only got about 6 TD’s. Is that correct? So where will all the TD’s come from? I want Jordan Matthews, but I must admit I would love to have Benjamin just for some 3rd downs and inside the 30. Do the Steelers value Benjamin enough to take him at 1.15? We shall see.

    San Fran on speed dial.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    If they think he can block consistently, then maybe he is the guy they want. After all, you don’t have to “Hines Ward” a guy to make an effective block. With that size he can just get in the way of some CB’s and that will suffice to spring a RB.

    Did you like the way I turned Hines Ward into a verb? Knock a guy out, break his jaw, or just block someone sufficiently that your RB turns the corner and goes for a long TD. Hines Ward him.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I loved Bell all along and I was telling my Dolphins fan buddy that they should draft him in the 2nd or 3rd if lucky. So why doesn’t Pittsburgh take him, he says. I said, “No way they’ll take him.” I was pleasantly surprised.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    There could be 10 guys that end up being the best WR in the draft. And that’s just going by all the opinions here, plus the so called experts. This just furthers my argument for drafting a WR in the 2nd like Matthews or even later like the Steelers usually do.

  • steelster

    The 49ers are talking about a top ten pick.

  • steelster

    By waiting until the late 3rd round to pick a wr all the top 10 guys will be gone. You are talking about a significant drop off in talent. Hope the steelers go first or second round with a wr.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I can’t imagine that they would go THAT far up. Sure, stranger things have happened, but they first built themselves through the draft and have just recently been trading up. I don’t know. One thing I do know is that SF needs CB, LB and WR, and the middle first could be the sweet spot. At least I’m hoping.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    You are correct, but please remember that the Steelers have a history of drafting WR later like round 3, and having great success. And, again, this draft is much deeper especially pass related positions such as WR and CB. Lucky for Pittsburgh.

  • Weiss Chad

    Definitely no later than rd 2

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Especially since a lot of those guys play taller than the WRs that measure taller…

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Depends on the WR. Not all WRs can run all routes. Height has little to do with it.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    I don’t want him in the first, and even I think that is a ridiculous statement.

  • dgh57

    I’m just saying you can be under 6’0″ tall and still get the job done TDs and all. I just used A. Brown as a example.

  • Steelers@2010

    2nd best WR after Watkins? Hmm! I’m so sure about that; I wouldn’t touch Benjamin before the 2nd RD. The guy has bust written all over him. In a perfect world, Martavis Bryant would still be there in the 3rd rd. However, I think they will have to reach for the Clemson WR in the 2nd if that’s there guy. I don’t think he will be there at the end of the 3rd RD. Bryant in my eyes is a sleeper though. I just hope they have dine their home work, we don’t need another 2nd RD Bust at WR. Seems like they are infactuated with drafting a Tall WR.

  • tricitysteel

    I think it’s kind of funny that no one in the comments section has brought up Benjamin’s supposed weight problem. I don’t know how concerned I am about it myself, but given what we went through with Woodlwy and Big Snack

  • steeltown

    Very nice.

    A.Brown and Wheaton both have admitted to needing to work on their blocking skills and Moore is avg at best at his size. I think it’s one thing that needs to be taken into consideration, I know Bryan always points out when a prospect excels at blocking. I really think they will target someone that has shown to have a knack for it.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Good that you brought that up. Justin Brown was expected to be a good blocker and also make some tough catches. Probably make of break year for him. And I hope Moye put on 15 lbs. of muscle, because he has height and already makes some circus catches.

  • steelster

    Bryant can’t catch. Has the highest drop rate among the top 15 wr’s. A 12 percent drop rate, no thanks.

  • steelster

    His weight problem has been brought up many,many times. Think of Benjamin as a hybrid player TE/WR.

  • Steelers@2010

    Awh Man! He sounds like another Limas Sweed, not good at all. That’s a shame too, the kid has speed and he is tall. 6’4/212/4.3

  • Steven Ledbetter

    Haven’t heard much from him so far in pre-season… we’ll see what he does during the year and then see how ridiculous the statement is.

  • http://pittsburghsportsinat.blogspot.com/ bgsteelfan

    Regardless of what hindsight shows to be true, your original statement that he IS a but before even taking a snap is both inaccurate and ridiculous. That will not change. If you had said he will be a bust that’s a different story.

    He also finished the preseason with 12 catches for 173 yards, which are hardly “bust stats”. Just because you haven’t heard about him, probably just means that you aren’t listening in the right place.

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