It’s a Tale of Two Cities for the Steelers tight end and wide receiver needs entering the 2013 NFL Draft. Both positions are areas of need, but for very different reasons.
- Speaking strictly in the short term, the Steelers do not need wide receivers.
- An NFL team could do worse with this front foursome at wide out.
On top of that, none of the players on the Steelers roster at wide out is known for his speed, an obvious deficiency. The Steelers must think to the future, and begin to reload their wide receiving corps, and they’d be wise to begin doing it early in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Troubles at Tight End
At tight end the Steelers have the opposite problem. Assuming Heath Miller makes a full recovery from his ACL tear, at age 31 he’s got a number of years of quality football left in him.
Behind him the Steelers have David Paulson, a 7th round draft pick who “overachieved” and looked quite good in 2012. Matt Spaeth is back and so is David Johnson, both of whom should be growing into their best football years.
Now, neither man is every going to be the second coming of Mark Bruener let alone David Casper, but getting just a little extra value out of the number 40 through number 45 men on your game day roster can take you a long way in the NFL
- The problem is that Heath Miller will likely not be available until late in the season.
- Paulson, Johnson, and Spaeth are not going to combined for 71 catches next year…
The Steelers can’t base their offense, not to mention Ben Roethlisberger’s health, on a series of “ifs.”
They need to upgrade at tight end, and they need to bring in someone who can help them relatively quickly or else suddenly get really strong at running back or much more dynamic at wide receiver.
- And therein lies the danger.
Yet many other draft nicks say that Eifert isn’t good enough to go that high. Based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Steel Curtain Rising is not fit to say whether Eifert is a worthy pick at 17, a reach, or someone so terribly overrated he'll be a bust in the NFL.
- But one thing is clear.