The Steelers also drafted a receiver in the third round (Marcus Wheaton) making it the first time since 2010 when they drafted receivers in the third and sixth rounds (Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.
The Steelers like Brown’s size — 6-3 — and his ability to be a possession-like receiver
Brown decided to transfer from Penn State after the NCAA imposed its penalty on the PSU football program.
“I think everything happens for a reason,” Brown said. “The things I learned at Penn State definitely helped me as far as my draft prospect as well as Oklahoma. I learned a lot from both schools.”
Brown caught 73 passes for 879 yards and five touchdowns at Oklahoma which was more than double that any of his previous two seasons at Penn State.
“I just feel really good about what I saw on tape,” Steelers receiver coach Richard Mann said. “He is a big guy. I think he has good toughness and I think that is a part of being a good receiver.”
Instant analysis: Brown gives the Steelers some added depth and needed height, but it’s hard to imagine that he will be anything more than a project for the Steelers.