Steelers Third Round Pick: Markus Wheaton

Day two of the NFL Draft has come to an end and the Pittsburgh Steelers have added three new players to their roster from the draft. In the first round they selected outside linebacker Jarvis Jones. In the second, they took running back Le’veon Bell. Now in round three the Steelers walk away with wide receiver Markus Wheaton from Oregon State.

NFL.com Analysis:

“In 2012, Wheaton became the Beavers’ all-time leader in receptions. Wheaton used his track speed to break off long runs from short routes and get behind defenders for big plays. Wheaton isn’t solely limited to the slot, and he will likely find himself as a first or second round selection due to his ability to test defenses horizontally and vertically.”

Personal Analysis:

While being compared to his new teammate (Antonio Brown), Wheaton knows how to create big space just like Brown. His speed and quickness is quite dangerous to defenses. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will be happy to know that he will be getting another speed target to throw to after losing Mike Wallace. On the negative side, Wheaton makes almost all of catches with his body. He does not attack the ball. Something I believe the Steelers will work with during training camp and beyond.

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