Steelers way-too-early 53-man roster includes possible NFL Draft selections

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Capping off the receiver room by adding a receiver in the middle rounds

Some might hate the idea of the black and gold neglecting a tight end class that is talented and deep. It is not realistic for this club to target that position in the draft after re-signing Zach Gentry, but they will likely take a receiver at some point. They have spent a lot of time getting to know some day two to day three prospects that could fill depth roles for this group moving forward.

Wide receiver (5): Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, Calvin Austin III, Jonathan Mingo, Anthony Miller

Trying to secure a slot receiver is still on the to-do list for the Steelers heading into the draft. They take Jonathan Mingo in this instance, and he is more of a bigger target on the outside. He could be tried in the slot with Calvin Austin III for the starting gig. Both Austin and Anthony Miller will be the returners this year, with Miller as the prime guy in that role.

Tight end (3): Pat Freiermuth, Zach Gentry, Connor Heyward

Nothing changes for this group when you compare them to last year. Connor Heyward could play a bigger role in a full back position if Derek Watt or anybody else fails to claim it. That could provide a lot more playing time for Heyward in year two as he battles Pat Freiermuth and Zach Gentry for minutes. This is a strong group overall and should help this offense get better in the second year with Pickett.