In recent years, the Steelers have found a couple of talented receivers via round three of the draft. They now need another one to step up.
With 2009 third-rounder Mike Wallace and 2010 third-rounder Emmanuel Sanders now gone via free agency, 2013 third-rounder Markus Wheaton is in line to start, predicts Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Appearing in 12 games with one start as a rookie, Wheaton caught only six passes for 64 yards on the season. The competition includes veteran free-agents Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey. Rookie fourth-rounder Martavis Bryant and second-year sixth-rounder Justin Brown also are on the depth chart.
Speaking of sixth-round picks, veteran Antonio Brown — team MVP in 2011 and 2013 — returns as the top option in the passing game. With plenty of attention devoted to Brown, Wheaton has a chance to make an impact.