The following is the seventh of seven position-by-position 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers NFL draft analyses:
On the roster: Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery, Plaxico Burress, David Gilreath, Kashif Moore, Derek Moye, Bert Reed
Last six drafts: The Steelers made good picks with Brown (2010, sixth round), Sanders (2010, third round) and Mike Wallace (2009, third round). Limas Sweed (2008, second round) will go down as one of the biggest busts in Steelers draft history. Other receivers who didn't pan out were Dallas Baker (2007, seventh round) and Toney Clemons (2012, seventh round)
Top receivers available: Tavon Austin, West Virginia; Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee; Keenan Allen, California; DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson; Justin Hunter, Tennessee
The Steelers might take: Pretty much any receiver. Some intriguing ones include Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee Tech; Marquise Goodwin, Texas; Tavarres King, Georgia; Corey Fuller, Virginia Tech; Josh Boyce, TCU
Analysis: The Steelers need a receiver and could very well select two among their eight picks. This year's draft seems to be loaded with good receivers that are projected to be selected in the third and fourth rounds. Because of that, don't be surprised if the Steelers pass on some of the top receivers in the first round. From experience, they know they can still find a gem on the second and third days of the draft. They will most likely be trying to find a speed demon due to the loss of Wallace. Goodwin has been tabbed as the fastest among this year's crop, but several others aren't too far behind.
On the roster: Heath Miller, Matt Spaeth, David Johnson, David Paulson, Jamie McCoy, Zack Pianalto
Last six drafts: Spaeth (2007, third round) never lived up to expectations and is now back with the team. Johnson (2009, seventh round) plays more of a fullback role and has been a good addition. Paulson (2012, seventh round) stuck with the team last year.
Top tight ends available: Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame; Zach Ertz, Stanford; Vance McDonald, Rice; Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
The Steelers might take: Eifert
Analysis: Miller is coming off an injury, and his status at the beginning of the season is in question. Spaeth was signed to help in case Miller is not ready. The Steelers don't really need to select a tight end because Paulson and McCoy might be good enough to provide depth. However, the Steelers might consider Eifert a special enough player to not pass up in the first round, especially if the other players they're targeting are gone. They could use Eifert in two tight end formations and help solve their receiver problem as well. But if they don't pick Eifert in the first round, they'll probably not use any of their eight picks on a tight end.
Coming Thursday: Steelers' overall draft analysis
- Buck Frank