Steelers GM Omar Khan may regret passing up this sleeper pick in the NFL Draft

The Steelers could have drafted Brenden Rice the Son of Jerry Rice, they chose Logan Lee instead
Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California wide receiver Brenden Rice (WO25) during the
Mar 2, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Southern California wide receiver Brenden Rice (WO25) during the / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers had a chance to draft a once-in-a-lifetime diamond in the rough with tremendous potential upside. They chose Logan Lee when they could have drafted Brendan Rice in the 6th round. However, they let the Chargers draft him in the 7th round as the Steelers had no 7th-round selections in this year's draft.

Despite the addition of Roman Wilson in the third round, the Steelers still need additional receivers in training camp, and they will probably add one or two more when signing undrafted free agents. Yet they chose to sign defensive lineman Logan Lee.

The Steelers must draft an eventual replacement for Cam Heyward; that fact is not questionable. Drafting Lee, other than a possible replacement for DeMarvin Leal, didn't make sense, especially when a wide receiver is still needed. Roman Wilson may help significantly, but the Steelers must provide all necessary offensive weapons for their quarterbacks.

How Brendan Rice could have helped the Steelers

Don't discount the group of players they are fielding this season. They could be very good this year, especially with Arthur Smith calling offensive plays. However, why discount the son of one of the greatest wide receivers ever?

Perhaps he's not as skilled as his father. It's a fair point. Some children are not as great as their fathers in the sports arena. Remember the son of 'Smoking' Joe Frazier. He had a jaw of glass compared to his father. Derrion Fuqua, the son of NFL player John 'Frenchy' Fuqua, couldn't crack the NFL and eventually went to an AFL2 team only to blow out his knee.

Some went on to be better than their fathers. There is no better example than Payton and Eli Manning, who far exceeded the success of their father, Archie Manning. In baseball, Ken Griffy Jr. became one of the greatest home run hitters of all time and was much better than his father, Ken Griffey Sr. However, one could argue that Brendan Rice could never have been better than his father.

While bloodline success is never guaranteed, it's always intriguing when someone's father was the best to play in the NFL. If Brendan doesn't pan out as a draft pick, they could have cut and replaced him, so there is nothing to lose.

Plus, one would assume his father has taught him a thing or two about how to succeed as a wide receiver, adding to the intrigue of his potential. How well could he have performed under head coach Mike Tomlin? That will be one of the greatest unanswered questions in sports.

Omar Khan is a guru general manager. No one can argue that. Nevertheless, the decision not to draft Brendan Rice shows that he could still learn a little something about building an NFL team by betting horses at the racetrack.

How could betting on horses make Omar Khan better? If you have ever bet horses, you may know that you bet the house when you see a horse sired by Uncle Mo! Jerry Rice is the NFL's comparison to horse racing's Uncle Mo.