Steeler Nation, the Steelers 2014 draft has came and went and we now know the names and hopeful players of the future. Let’s take a look at who the Steelers chose in rounds 4 through 7.
(RD 4 Pick #118) Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson, 6-4, 211: The Steelers may have finally got their tall receiver they have been seeking. Bryant is tall and fast for his size running a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash at the Combine, best among the 2014 group of wide receivers. In 2013 Bryant had his best season posting 42 catches for 828 yards (19.7 average) and seven touchdowns.He caught 61 career passes for 1,354 yards in three seasons and averaged 22.2 yards per reception. Martavis Bryant is still considered a raw talent with plenty of up side. Many thought Bryant was a first to second round talent and the Steelers hope with a little polish and experience he may be a major weapon in the red zone and beyond.
(RD 5 Pick #157) Shaquille Richardson, CB, Arizona, 6-0,194: Richardson has good size and speed, showing all the skills to play in the NFL. He was recruited by Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake out of high school when Lake was a coach for UCLA.Richardson ran a 4.43 in the 40 at his Pro Day and a 6.95 in the 3-cone, posting a 38.5-inch vertical jump. He started 37 of 49 games at Arizona and had 10 career interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. Shaquille Richardson will now have a chance to learn under coach Lake and the Steelers hope Lake will shape Richardson into a quality player for their thin defensive backfield.
(RD 5 Pick #173) Wesley Johnson, OT ,Vanderbilt, 6-5, 297:The one thing that stands out most about Johnson is his versatility . He started 51 career games for Vanderbilt, 39 at left tackle,7 at center,3 at right tackle,and 2 at left guard. Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak likes his skill set and will decide what position is best for Johnson. Wesley Johnson played very well last season against top notch opponents and only allowed one sack all season. The Steelers hope Johnson adds quality depth at many offensive line positions.
(RD 6 Pick #192) Jordan Zumwalt, ILB, UCLA, 6-4, 225: Zumwalt is best known as a run stuffing linebacker. He started 30 games during his career at UCLA and recorded 256 tackles, with 93 coming in 2013. He had 2 sacks during his career and has the skill set to be a good special teams player, an asset that also may help him make the Steelers roster.
(RD 6 Pick #215) Daniel McCullers,DL,Tennessee 6-7 352: Calling Daniel McCullers a big man may be an understatement . He started 19 games in his two years at Tennessee collecting a career total of 72 tackles and 1½ sacks. A player of McCullers size and strength is hard to come by and he should be an interesting project for defensive line coach John Mitchell and the Steelers.
(RD 7 Pick #230) Rob Blanchflower, TE, Massachusetts 6-4 256: Blanchflower started 27 games at Massachusetts and had 109 career catches for 1,164 yards and nine touchdowns. He was hampered last season with a sports hernia but has since fully recovered from the injury. Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel said he is a two phase tight end with the ability to catch and block adeptly.