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What to Watch on Day 3 of the Draft

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Steelers look for receivers and corners, local players play the waiting game

The Steelers main needs heading into this draft were along the defensive line, cornerback, wide receiver and linebacker depth.

They addressed two of their three main needs on defense with the selection of Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier in the first-round and Notre Dame defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt in round two. Both players are versatile enough to help in more than one area.

Despite not selecting a wide receiver, the Steelers did address the passing game with the addition of Kent State's Dri Archer, a jack-of-all-trades type who can help in the slot and in the short passing game. This is one of the deepest receiver classes in recent memory, however, and there is still plenty of high-end talent remaining on the board.

The glaring need, however, heading into the final day is at cornerback, a position that had a lot of top-end talent but not much in the way of depth.

Here are some corners and receivers to keep your eyes on:

Bashaud Breeland, Clemson 5-11, 196
Breeland is without a doubt the top player at his position remaining on the board. Expected to go in rounds 2 or 3, this is a smooth athlete with good size who is not afraid to help in the run game. His biggest problem is his aggressiveness, an issue most coaches are willing to overlook as it's much easier to get a player to tone that down as opposed to dialing it up. His over-agressiveness tackling has led to missed tackles, a glaring weakness that is fixable, however. His speed is not ideal (4.62 40) but he plays with a sense of urgency, is extremely coachable and could work his way into the mix by mid-season. The Steelers would be lucky to grab Breeland in the fourth round.

Keith McGill, Utah, 6-3, 210
Tall with long arms and big hands, McGill certainly looks the part. He had a very good Senior Bowl week after making 37 tackles and breaking up 12 passes as a senior in 2013.

EJ Gaines, Missouri 5-10, 190
Has the attributes of the Steelers ideal corner: strong, smart, physical and tough. Plays bigger than his size and can help on special teams immediately.

Pierre Desir, Lindenwood, 6-1, 196
Some teams may have stayed away because of his small-school background, but Desir has the build and athleticism to project as a solid contributor to an NFL secondary.

Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State 5-10, 190
Safe prospect who doesn't have one skill that jumps out, but is instead solid across the board. Sticky cover-corner who provides solid run support but lacks ideal strength.

Antone Exum, Virginia Tech 6-0, 213
Productive player as a junior who appeared to be heading toward the first round, but fell off a bit as a senior. Strong, intelligent and fluid, but lack a burst and may project better as a safety.

Walt Aikens, Liberty 6-0. 200
Strong and physical in press coverage and can stay with receivers downfield. Good tackler who is willing to support the run.


Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin 6-1, 195
Consistent and productive receiver who runs good routes and is physical enough to battle through press coverage. Is willing to take punishment and will make the tough catch, and is already a top-notch blocker downfield. Somewhat limited after the catch and projects as a possession receiver in any system. The type of player you never have to worry about: draft him, give him a playbook and use him on Sundays.

Martavis Bryant, Clemson, 6-3, 210
Probably has the highest ceiling of any receiver left on the board. Excellent size and a playmaker who worked oppposite of Sammy Watkins at Clemson. Extremely raw, however, and needs plenty of coaching attention.

Kevin Norwood, Alabama, 6-2, 190.
Not a burner but has great hands and should develop into a solid possession receiver. Great route-runner and an excellent blocker.

Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest 5-9, 190
Another great route-runner who projects as a slot guy in the NFL. Cuts on a dime and can find the soft spot in a zone defense. Will need to be more physical at the next level.

Devin Street, Pitt 6-3, 190
Productive, long, smooth receiver with good hands. Has the physical strength you need to be productive at the NFL level but it hasn't always showed up in his game. If it does, he'll be an immediate asset in the red zone.

Bruce Ellington, South Carolina 5-9, 195
Good return man who can work the short game as well as get downfield. Good hands and great after the catch, but needs to work on getting off the line.

Jeremy Gallon, Michigan, 5-7, 185
His size is clearly what will hurt him in the draft, but he's physical, he can jump out of the building, he can block and he runs every route in the playbook.

Brandon Coleman, Rutgers 6-6, 225
Huge and can get downfield, two reasons that he's worth a shot. Needs to learn how to use his size, but is willing to battle for the ball.

Robert Herron, Wyoming 5-9, 190
Fast outside receiver who needs to prove he's more than a track star, but worth a late-round look.


Tom Savage, QB, Pitt 6-5, 229
Savage surged up the draft charts after his strong Combine and Pro Day showings, causing some to predict him as a second-round selection. Third or fourth round is much more reasonable and it appears that's where he's headed. Great arm-strength and toughness, but he transferred twice and as a result has a limited body of work; his only real experience came a freshman at Rutgers in 2009 and as a fifth-year senior at Pitt in 2013. His lack of mobility is a concern, but his pocket awareness improved week-to-week last season.

DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State 6-4, 322
Jones has perfect size and very good quickness. His workout numbers at the combine were good, and his film shows a solid NFL tackle prospect with the ability to play early and improve with experience. His productivity didn't match his skill, but he fits in 3-4 or 4-3 schemes and should go early on Saturday.

Devin Street, WR, Pitt 6-3, 190
Street was productive enough over his four years at Pitt to become the school's all-time leading pass catcher. He brings good size at 6-3, 190, and solid speed, but a deep receiver draft will likely push him toward the middle to late rounds.

Glenn Carson, LB, Penn State 6-3, 244
Carson projects as a solid run-stuffing inside linebacker and stands a good chance to hear his name called on the draft's final day.

Matt Feiler, OT, Bloomsburg 6-6, 330
Feiler played both guard and tackle at Bloom, and although he has tackle size he's likely best-suited for guard at the next level.

Kaleb Ramsey, DT, Boston College 6-3, 295
A good run-stopper with great strength and good quickness, the Laurel Highlands graduate battled injury issues his entire career.

John Urschel, G, Penn State 6-3, 313
Extremely intelligent with great awareness and intangibles, Urschel is undersized but scrappy and may have to play both guard and center in the NFL.

Larry Webster, TE/DE, Bloomsburg 6-6, 252
A former basketball star, the smooth as silk Webster was a pass rusher who also got some red zone time as a tight end. His athleticism may get him drafted.

Chris Elkins, OL, Youngstown State, 6-2, 290
The Beaver Falls grad can play all three interior line positions and is one of the quicker guard/center prospects in the draft. Limited but projects as a versatile back-up.

When: Saturday, May 10, 12 p.m. ET
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York
What: 2014 NFL Draft Day 3, Rounds 4-7
TV: NFL Network; ESPN

John Bescanni

Why did they wait so long to take a corner? The kid they got from Arizona is a hell of an athlete but he refuses to tackle.

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