Earlier today, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted quarterback Landry Jones out of the University of Oklahoma with the 115th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. The Steelers didn’t stop looking at Oklahoma’s football program with Jones. In the sixth round, they selected Jones’ college teammate, wide receiver Justin Brown.
Pittsburgh has gone back and forth on both sides of the ball throughout this weekend’s draft. Grabbing Brown was probably considered an alternative, due to the fact that all of the big-play tight ends have been taken off the board. This selection makes perfect sense to me. The Steelers now have Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and third-round draft pick Markus Wheaton to go along with this year’s 186th overall pick.
Drafting Brown now makes veteran receivers Plaxico Burress and Jericho Cotchery expendable. Don’t be surprised if one or both of them are gone before the start of the 2013 regular season.
In addition, this pick gives the Steelers more options to compensate for the potential loss of tight end Heath Miller, who’s recovering from reconstructive knee surgery at the beginning of the season.
With another pick in the sixth round, Pittsburgh can now look back to the defensive side of the ball and possibly focus on beefing up their linebacking corps. At this point in the draft, the Steelers seem to have addressed all of their major needs, and are now in position to just pick up the best player available the next time they are on the clock.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google