Kevin Colbert said Ben Roethlisberger has not asked him to sign or draft a tall receiver

Whether Colbert is being 100 percent honest with that response is another matter, but at the very least, the Steelers general manager toed the company line when asked about it Monday.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert addressed the tall elephant in the room.

Says Colbert, as transcribed by Tribune-Review reporter Alan Robinson, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has never asked him to draft or sign a "tall" wide receiver.

Straight from Robinson's question to Colbert's response:

Q: Has Ben (Roethlisberger) ever come to you and asked for a tall receiver tan (sic) than a shorter receiver (like wide receiver Lance Moore)?

A: “No, he hasn’t. Everybody wants big, fast – but guys get open, too. Guys that know how to get open. Our best receiver is 5’10”. I’m sure teams would rather have him than a big guy. So, size, sure it’s important and there are plenty of big receivers in this draft, but really if you get caught up just looking for a specific, you’ll miss out on a good player.”

There it is on paper. Not that Roethlisberger, or even Colbert, would mind if the Steelers did get an opportunity to draft 6-foot-5 Antonio Brown (if such a human exists). The 2014 NFL Draft class is stacked with wide receivers, and could have as many as 14 of them selected in the first two rounds - the most since 2005.

If there is a year for tall receivers in Pittsburgh, this is it. Just remember, though, Colbert didn't hear that from Roethlisberger.

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