Both Pitt wide receivers are options for Pittsburgh Steelers

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 24: Quadree Henderson
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 24: Quadree Henderson /

The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t need another Antonio Brown or JuJu Smith-Schuster, but they could certainly use a Quadree Henderson.

One of the best things about being in Pittsburgh is the University of Pittsburgh.  While the Panthers don’t generate too much attention on a yearly bases, they do produce talent. And as the rest of the NFL is paying attention to the Top 25, the Steelers are scouting the late round Pitt players no one sees coming.

This offseason, Pitt has not only one, but two players to offer their city pros. Moving on from injured Eli Rogers this offseason, the Steelers are in need of a depth chart wide receiver. Pitt, sending both Quadree Henderson and Jester Weah to the 2018 NFL Draft gives the black and gold two prospects to fill their void.

Henderson is the likely of the two to hear his name called in the draft, but Weah is still a strong candidate to earn his place on a roster in the later rounds. Having two fifth and two seventh round picks, finding both of these local studs is a possibility for the Steelers.

Both wideouts are great applicants to be the next slot receiver in Pittsburgh. Behind Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Martavis Bryant, these two would play a fourth and/or fifth receiver role.

That means the pressure and expectations are low. Given low reps throughout a game, the wideout’s responsibilities would be providing a reliable pair of hands in the middle of the field from time to time.

As two players projected in the later part of the draft, they aren’t heading into the league as a starter. They’ll compete for a roster spot and quality playing time. On a team like the Steelers, earning a place would involve much less competition.

Then, finding chemistry over the middle of the field with Ben Roethlisberger would be the most significant goal of their first offseason. Again, with little expectations in their rookie campaign, either Henderson or Weah can step into the NFL and learn under one of the best offenses in the league.

Eli Rogers returning isn’t out of the question, yet. His ACL recovery will be the key factor in resigning him, but if he looks ready to go towards training camp and isn’t signed elsewhere, Pittsburgh could consider his return.

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That won’t stop them from searching the draft for another slot man, though. In the fifth and seventh round, one of their final four draft picks should be a wideout. One of Pitt’s two prospects could be the call.