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Steelers Should Take a WR in the 2024 NFL Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers should take a wide receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft. Here’s why.



Pittsburgh Steelers WR Jalen Coker
Photo by Mark Selinger -- Holy Cross Athletics of WR Jalen Coker

FRISCO, Texas — The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to look to add to their wide receiver corps in the 2024 NFL Draft. Allen Robinson II is unlikely to return, and they have no one outside of Calvin Austin III for quality depth on the roster. That means they could look to either free agency or the 2024 NFL Draft. But I think either way, they should draft one in 2024. Why? The value is going to be there.

Just at the Shrine Bowl, I like Malik Washington, Tahj Washington, Anthony, Gould, Jalen Coker, Bub Means, and others who are showing out at the Shrine Bowl, it reminds me that a lot of these guys would end up at the Senior Bowl in most years. The Steelers need a slot receiver, or at least someone to fit into that WR3 role. Man, I’m not sure how they pass on this class. It’s one of those unusually deep classes that you probably should dip into at all costs.

Like the Steelers did with Darnell Washington last year at tight end when that class was historically great, they should do the same with wide receiver. What round will they grab someone in? Not sure, but they can find someone with one of their two fourth-round picks this draft season. They legitimately have a need there, and could get someone who can contribute in the fourth round with the depth of this class.

The smartest strategy, if at all possible, is to draft for best player available. Wide receiver, at some point when the team picks, is going to have incredible value. They will have enough flexibility in free agency to make moves at other key spots that could allow them to nab a really high-pedigree talent from that position. So, while they need cornerback, safety, offensive line, and other positions, they do need a receiver, and wow is the talent all there.