4 realistic first-round picks for Steelers before the NFL Combine

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Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Treylon Burks (16) Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers may draft Burks

A name I am quickly becoming partial to, Treylon Burks, has all of the makings of an elite receiver. He has the body and break tackle ability of a running back, the athleticism to win deep, and the route running to excel at any receiving position. He looks like a Deebo Samuel type of player, and for a Steelers offense lacking stars, he could be a huge addition.

The Steelers are set to lose James Washington and (likely) JuJu Smith-Schuster in 2022 to free agency. Assuming both walk, finding a new starter to create a potent trio will be a necessity. While one can easily argue that the team can wait to find a receiver later in the draft, Burks is a rare enough type of player to make an exception. He would be a unique weapon for this offense and would be a huge aid to whatever quarterback is throwing passes in 2022.

Unfortunately, I think Burks will fall into the Cross category of players that will be out of the Steelers range come draft time. He is expected to run in the 4.3s, and considering he is listed at 6’3, 225 pounds, that would make him an even bigger threat. While he is currently overshadowed by the Ohio State receivers and Jameson Williams, Burks could ascend to be a top ten pick and potentially the first receiver taken if he tests as most expect him to.