With the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft officially in the books, the Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten off to a great start in drafting linebacker Jarvis Jones with the 17th overall pick. Now that one needed position is scratched off the Steelers’ shopping list, Pittsburgh can focus on what has to be addressed during the second day of the draft.
The Steelers have the 48th and 79th overall picks in the second and third rounds respectively, and they still need a wide receiver, a tight end, a running back and a safety at the very least. Over the past month, I’ve been saying that Pittsburgh will go after a receiver to replace the departed Mike Wallace in the second round, and bring in a tight end to help fill in for Pro Bowler Heath Miller, who is recovering from reconstructive knee surgery.
I’ll continue to stand by my prediction until proven otherwise. With that being said, I think that the Steelers will start their second day in the war room by mulling over whom to choose at wide receiver with the 48th pick. So far, only three pass catchers have been selected in the draft, which leaves a vast number of others for the picking.
The best available receiver is probably Justin Hunter out of the University of Tennessee. The chance of Hunter falling into Pittsburgh’s lap is slim-to-none. Therefore, I can see someone like Terrence Williams of Baylor University or Markus Wheaton out of Oregon State being added to the Steelers’ receiving corps.
As for the third round, I see either Travis Kelce of the University of Cincinnati or San Diego State University’s Gavin Escobar being selected by general manager Kevin Colbert and the rest of the organization.
If things go as good as they did in the first round, all of Steeler Nation can feel very optimistic for the 2013 season.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google