3 wide receivers Steelers must target on day two of the NFL Draft
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a serious need at the wide receiver position. Here are three receivers they must target on day two of the 2022 NFL Draft.
It’s no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers are in need of help at the wide receiver position. After a lackluster performance from the WR unit in 2021, things have only gotten worse this offseason.
The Steelers have already lost JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, and Ray-Ray McCloud in free agency and have done essentially nothing to replace them so far. Sadly, despite a top-heavy WR class, it doesn’t appear that Pittsburgh will address this need in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
If Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert happen to miss out on the first wave of talent in the draft, here are three receivers they must target on day two:
Steelers must target George Pickens
It’s hard to think of a better second-round scenario for the Steelers than landing Georgia WR George Pickens. The former five-star recruit may not have had the elite production that teams would have hoped for, but his excellent skill set was on full display often.
At 6’3 1/4” and 195 pounds, Pickens has excellent size and his 4.47 speed will help him to win at every level of the field. Where Pickens thrives is at the catch point. He can contort his body to make acrobatic catches or effortlessly pluck the ball out of the air.
Pickens is my WR7 this year, but he’s not far behind the top six players, and he could end up being a better pro than most of them. If the Steelers drafted Pickens, they would likely use him as their ‘Z’ receiver and kick Claypool inside to more of the “big slot” role. Pittsburgh clearly has an interest in Pickens, and this would be a dream scenario in round two.