NFL teams will be in good hands with this year's receiver class
By Alan Robinson| Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
It's rapidly becoming one of football's most-used cliches: Wide receivers so fast and talented they can take a top off a defense.
Well, this wide receiver group is about to take the top off the NFL Draft. There are guesstimates that as many as a half-dozen receivers could go in the first round, and a dozen in the first two rounds.
The two best-in-class — Sammy Watkins of Clemson and Mike Evans of Texas A&M — might have been the No. 1 overall player in past drafts, including last year's.
If there's any sure prediction in advance of the Thursday-Saturday draft, it's that Steelers will take a wide receiver, almost certainly early on.
But given the vagaries of every draft, and the players who rise and fall without explanation, part of the pre-draft intrigue is by which round the Steelers will decide they can't wait any longer.
“This is a draft that the receiver position ... if you're a team in need, you'll be very pleased at some of the players you're going to get,” NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah said.
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