6 Senior Bowl participants the Steelers must draft in 2022

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National Squad wide receiver Christian Watson of North Dakota State (1) Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers should consider Watson

A receiver may quietly be one of the Steelers’ biggest needs this offseason, as they are set to lose two of their top options in the offseason. While finding a natural slot receiver is important, so is adding another deep threat. Christian Watson is more of the latter than the former, but the traits he flashed at the Senior Bowl should have him squarely in the team’s sights.

While many will gawk at his 6’5, 210-pound body, he runs the routes with the fluidity of a small receiver. His footwork and sharp routes made him nearly uncoverable in college and he seemed to follow that up by remaining uncoverable in Mobile. He would serve as a natural Z receiver based on his speed and ability to win deep, but with some development, he could even become a more precise X receiver.

That kind of flexibility will make him an attractive option in the pros. While he certainly boosted his draft stock, the receiver class is once again deep. Add in the fact he never dominated at a small school and Watson should be a fourth-round target right now. The Steelers should have him circled though, as adding him as a versatile reserve with long-term starting potential has to be appealing based on what the team will lose this offseason.