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Steelers Poised to Double Dip at WR in 2024 NFL Draft



Steelers Xavier Worthy

The Pittsburgh Steelers need at wide receiver remains a huge need even after they added Van Jefferson and Quez Watkins in free agency. And that has turned the attention to the massive need in the 2024 NFL Draft, where an unusually deep receiver class could make all the pieces come together, but they might need more than just one receiver.

The Steelers wide receiver scouting is perplexing to me. They have not focused on one type of receiver and have scouted all over the range of the draft board. Guys like Ricky Pearsall, AD Mitchell, Brian Thomas, Malachi Corley, Tahj Washington, and others are diverse. And when you scout such an eclectic cache of styles like that, it points to one thing to me — double dipping at the position.

The Steelers have scouted a lot of defensive linemen in this draft period, too, but almost all of them have significant pass rush upside. So, you see the commonality. Most of the offensive tackles they have shown interest in are right tackles. Makes sense. Receiver, it feels like they see a need for two others to be added to that room, and it could be different styles of players. I don’t think there’s a clear view of what they want yet from that first receiver they pick other than someone who can immediately step in and play. But all the signs point to double dipping.

If it does end up totally falling their way, look out in the post-draft free-agency period. After last year’s draft, they signed Chandon Sullivan, Markus Golden, and Kwon Alexander to bolster their team.

The Steelers will likely do that again at some point, but maybe that sparks the decision to sign Tyler Boyd. But expect the team to take the strategy of doubling down in the class to quickly turn a position of weakness into one of strength.