5 wide receiver prospects who would be perfect for Steelers QB Kenny Pickett

Kenny Pickett needs more weapons at receiver in 2023.
Kenny Pickett needs more weapons at receiver in 2023. / Patrick Smith/GettyImages
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3. Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

Not many people are mocking Tennessee's Cedric Tillman to the Steelers, but he would be a fantastic addition to the team's receiving corps. At 6-3, 213 pounds, he has the size of George Pickens (6-3, 200) and mainly served as an outside receiver for the Vols.

But does Tillman have the ability to make the transition to a bigger slot receiver at the NFL level? Possibly. Chase Claypool did it at 6-4, 238, but he was a bit faster (4.42). Tillman doesn't have blazing speed (4.54), but neither does Diontae Johnson (4.53) and Tillman is four inches taller and 30 pounds heavier.

Tillman also posted quality numbers in the vertical jump (37"), broad jump (10'8"), and 10-yard split (1.53) at the combine, and possesses a 79 2/8" wingspan. According to NFLDraftBuzz.com, Tillman posted a 7.32 time in the 3-Cone Drill at his Pro Day, which is a little slower than one would hope for a slot. He also battled an ankle injury that caused him to miss time last season but still managed to catch 15 TDs over the past two years

Prediction: Second or third-round pick. While not a traditional choice for a Steelers' slot receiver, Tillman is talented enough to get on the field at one of the receiver positions and the Steelers could find a way to make it work. At the very least he could be a fourth wide receiver option as a rookie.