2014 NFL Draft: Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2nd Round Prediction
The Pittsburgh Steelers sent shock waves throughout their fanbase when they selected linebacker Ryan Shazier with their first-round selection. Overlooking a quality cornerback to take a linebacker has Steelers fans wondering what the second round has in store for their favorite NFL franchise.
The 2014 NFL Draft is deep in several positions and one of those is wide receiver. The Steelers are looking to bolster that position through the draft, so targeting a receiver in the second round makes sense, but then again, so did taking Darqueze Dennard in the 15th slot in round one. Nonetheless, the Steelers can’t rely on Antonio Brown to carry the aerial attack again this year without a little help, so the Steelers turn to the draft to hopefully fill out the wide receiver depth chart.
With newly acquired Lance Moore likely to be the starting slot receiver and the organization hopeful that Markus Wheaton‘s second season is a breakout year, they are looking for that fourth receiver who can not only play, but be a red zone threat.
Ben Roethlisberger has requested a taller receiver since Plaxico Burress‘ departure to the New York Giants, but the team has always neglected his wish. Look for the Steelers to try and help out their Super Bowl winning quarterback in the second round.
With the Steelers’ second-round pick, No. 46 overall, they will select Donte Moncrief, wide receiver out of Ole Miss.
Moncrief stands at 6-foot-2 221-pounds and is a much larger target than any other receiver at Roethlisberger’s disposal. On top of the size, Moncrief has the speed to stretch the field as he ran a 4.40 40-yard dash at the combine this year. Moncrief shows great range and hands, he rarely drops the football and is stellar in the blocking game, something the Steelers always require of their receivers.
The addition of Moncrief to Roethlisberger’s arsenal would take the receiving corps from a negative to a positive in the course of one day.