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Instant Analysis: (JUSTIN BROWN)


The Steelers used its first pick in the sixth round (186th overall) on former Penn State receiver Justin Brown, who played his senior year at Oklahoma.


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.






Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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