The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiving corps just got bigger and younger. After taking Markus Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Steelers again opted to add an wide out when they picked former Penn State and current Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Justin Brown with the first of their two 6th round picks.
Justin Brown also becomes the second Oklahoma Sooner to don the Black and Gold, as the Steelers also picked his teammate Landry Jones in the 4th round.
Brown stands at 6’3” and weighs in at 209 pounds. Last season for Oklahoma Brown led the team in receiving catching 73 balls for 879 yards and five touchdowns.
In picking Brown the Steelers coaches have hopefully put themselves into a position to make some difficult decisions during training camp. Antonio Brown and projected starter Emmanuel Sanders will certainly be with the team come opening day, as will Wheaton.
That means veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Plaxico Burress will need to fend off challenges from David Gilreath and Brown for roster spots.
The Steelers typically keep 5 wide receivers on their regular season roster, although at times they’ve carried as many as six and as few as four. The pick of Brown gives them 7. Clearly someone will have to go.
Steelers wide receivers coach Richard Mann on Justin Brown