Top 12 Sleepers for Steelers heading into the 2023 NFL Draft

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8. Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan St.

While I am all for the Steelers landing a tight end and becoming a heavier base offense if they decide that they want to remain as a base 11 team with three primary wide receivers, then Jayden Reed should be a primary target for the team in the middle portion of the draft. He has the speed you want and the versatility to play multiple spots as a receiver.

Reed is a fluid route runner that can win deep as well as find ways to get open with his sharp routes. While he can play either of the outside spots, he can also serve as a traditional slot receiver. If you have followed my writing, you know that a slot receiver is one of the biggest needs on this offense. Reed’s versatility and slot ability makes him a great fit for this team.

While there are some fans in favor of taking Jordan Addison early (to be fair, I would be open to it at pick 32), Reed seems like Addison-lite in this draft. He would play a similar role as a primary slot receiver that can play on the outside as well. His cost will be significantly less than Addison, so Reed could be a better budget receiver fit for this team.