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Steelers sign Markus Wheaton, Terry Hawthorne

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The Steelers announced the signings of third-round pick Markus Wheaton and fifth-round selection Terry Hawthorne on Thursday.

A wide receiver from Oregon State, Wheaton will compete to be one of the Steelers’ top receivers beyond starters Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. The Steelers have been willing to play young receivers right off the bat in recent years, with Mike Wallace one example. However, Sanders and Brown also earned reps as rookies, with both garnering more opportunities as the 2010 campaign progressed.

Timed at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine, Wheaton hauled in 91 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.

Hawthorne will vie to be a reserve cornerback in his first NFL season. The Illinois product made 26 collegiate starts.

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  1. jtbsteeler says: May 23, 2013 12:00 PM

    He hasn’t caught a pass in the league and is more polished then any WR on the Ravens roster. AFTER losing Wallace we still have the best WR corp in the division. Brown, Burress, Cotchery, Sanders and Wheaton. The Raven secondary is going to be sizzled and I don’t mean T-Sizzled either.

  2. Steeley McBeam says: May 23, 2013 12:02 PM

    Get used to typing that name; Markus Wheaton. Dude is gonna be a beast.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: May 23, 2013 12:08 PM

    Wheaton’s gonna make Elam, Pacman, and Haden look silly.

  4. shickenchit says: May 23, 2013 12:16 PM

    I like the physicality that Terry Hawthorne will bring to our secondary. Hopefully he wins the 4th spot on the depth chart beating Willie Gay.

  5. buzzbeaubank says: May 23, 2013 12:29 PM

    Housh in 2010, Torrey in 2011, Jacoby’s return in 2012. I wonder which unpolished WR is going to sink the dagger at Heinz in 2013?

  6. Patskrieg dot com says: May 23, 2013 12:40 PM

    Big fan of Wheaton. Very excited to see what he comes up with in Pittsburgh.

  7. bspn2 says: May 23, 2013 12:48 PM

    Superbowl.

  8. Joemontanaflacco says: May 23, 2013 1:07 PM

    He lost more than 30% of the games last year and a third of the Pac-10 games. I’m underwhelmed. This is the best the Steelers FO could do in the 3rd round? Wow.

  9. stainlessstill says: May 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    Wheaton has the SPEED of Wallace, the route running of Larry Fitzgerald and mentality of a Hines Ward. Welcome to your worst nightmare, AFC NORTH.

  10. st1llerz1 says: May 23, 2013 1:33 PM

    Wow! We signed our 3rd-rounder before the ratbirds signed theirs…? I guess we should all be beating our chests and crowing about our front office like the fools in luckimore do every time the “wizard of oz” signs another criminal off the street.

    Wheaton has a chance to be a good one. He runs precise routes and is a good blocker.

    In the meantime…As the Nest Burns…

    GO STEELERS!

  11. crownofthehelmet says: May 23, 2013 1:35 PM

    I’m just sorry that Reed won’t be there to get burned, lit up (a la Ward), or hurdled by Wheaton.

    And I hope your stat guy takes a pay cut this year, given the drastic decrease in the amount of pile-on tackles recorded.

  12. jtbsteeler says: May 23, 2013 1:51 PM

    You’re talking about team wins and losses when a player had “91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns” as a senior! HAHAHA

    Give it up Jumpball JoeMontanaFlacco. Trust me when I tell you. Ozzie isn’t finished with your roster. He knows the players he’s drafted won’t cut it and will be doing what he loves to do. Sign FA’s to hide his drafts failures.

  13. Joemontanaflacco says: May 23, 2013 2:40 PM

    “You’re talking about team wins and losses when a player had “91 receptions for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns” as a senior! HAHAHA”

    Stats stats stats. When will you focus on winning GAMES? Not this year, apparently. Btw, Flacco threw for 11 touchdowns in just four games. Took your 3rd rounder an entire 13 game season. Well, at least you have Mike Wal…..oh, never mind. He went to a team that at least managed to place 2nd in their division last year, not a miserable, embarrassing 3rd. Can Wheaton jump for wobbly checkdowns? Hope so.

  14. blackngold4life says: May 23, 2013 3:27 PM

    WRs don’t lose games..TEAMs do. lol at 30%.. like he was personally responsible for it..Weirdo

  15. steelcurtainn says: May 23, 2013 4:04 PM

    Next Big Threat in the AFC north for years to come will be Wheaton.

  16. francogreenbradshaw says: May 23, 2013 4:15 PM

    Amazing how little substance these ratbird fans can come up with when trying to to put down one of the leagues most storied & elite franchises! Can’t really blame them for their weak jealously fueled rants. Steeler nation may stumble but we will NEVER fall! A blind chicken finds a piece of corn once in a while ratbird fans so try not to let it go to your head!

  17. timmons94 says: May 23, 2013 6:29 PM

    Steelers will win AFc north. Pirates are playoff bound and pens gonna win the cup. Haters can’t be happy.

  18. antibenapalooza says: May 23, 2013 7:06 PM

    I am still waiting for them to announce Rottenberger is finally gone!

  19. bigbenissuperman says: May 25, 2013 1:45 AM

    Terry Hawthorne the pride of east st Louis. He destroyed my high school team when he was a wide receiver. I would see the dude running all the time when I would be driving to work. It’s so awesome he is a Steeler. Glad to see a good kid work hard to make his way out of the worst city in America

  20. steel2372 says: May 25, 2013 4:21 PM

    I am loving this draft class!! Jones is gonna tear up the AFCN in due time The shark will be chewing em up and Wheaton will be a beast along with Bell. Hawthorne is going to be a good one as well. This was an excellent Draft from the Guru’s of drafts. No one does it better in finding talent in the later rounds. There is no other nation but the First nation: STEELERS NATION!!

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