The Steelers keep adding receivers during the draft

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When it comes to the NFL draft, few teams can break the code. When it came to finding good receivers in later rounds of the draft, the Steelers had them unlocked.

Starting in 2009, they found players like Mike Wallace (2009), Emmanuel Sanders (2010), Antonio Brown (2010), Martavis Bryant (2014), jojo smith schuster (2017), James Washington (2018), Deontay Johnson (2019) and Claypool chase (2020).

This year, they added a pair of receivers after the first round. Friday night, they took Georgia recipients George Pickens In the second round. On Saturday they added a Memphis receiver Calvin Austin Third in the second round.

They certainly don’t take these shots idly. Yes, they have short term needs. Washington and Smith-Schuster departed in March via free agency. However, Johnson is entering the year of his contract, and Claypool has two seasons left in the rookie deal. Odds are one gets paid and the other walks away.

This is what happened with Wallace and Brown. Once Wallace turned down the Steelers’ offer in 2012, they gave it to Brown. History can repeat itself at the receiver location in Pittsburgh.

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