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NFL teams will be in good hands with this year's receiver class

| 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.

Alan Robinson is staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at arobinson@tribweb.com or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

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