With the 118th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select former Clemson WR Martavis Bryant. Bryant is just shy of 6’4″ and weighs in at 211 lbs. Bryant played opposite Sammy Watkins in the Tigers offense. In 2013, he totaled 828 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has great top end speed for his size, which allows him to separate himself from defenders. Last year, he had 17 receptions for 20 yards or more.
Bryant wasn’t asked to run a full route tree at Clemson, so he has some developing to do in that regard. While he has drawn criticism for having a high amount of drops, I can tell you it’s overblown. While I did see some tough drops and double catches in the games I watched, he has decent hands and will make the “wow” catches look easy. He’ll need to develop, but he could develop into a legitimate number two receiver.
Wide receivers coach Richard Mann said that Bryant will be a great red zone threat. He also said that he believes Bryant would have been a first round pick had he stayed in school another year. The Steelers reportedly had their eye on him yesterday. The team issued a bio sheet to the media today, and it had him listed as their third round pick.