Steelers 2014 Draft targets: Players to watch in the fourth round

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Clemson's Martavis Bryant, Lindenwood's Pierre Desir and Arizona State's Carl Bradford are the top players still remaining as the NFL Draft heads into the fourth round.

The player many fans clamored for when they were on the clock in Round 3, Pierre Desir, is still available. The prototypically built Division II cornerback waits to learn his fate, as do the Steelers, having gone three picks without addressing the areas many figured were their biggest of need: cornerback and wide receiver.

Desir is joined by Duke's Ross Cockrell, Clemson's Bashaud Breeland and Liberty's Walt Aikens as the top cornerbacks remaining on our Big Board.

Looking at the receivers, Clemson's Martavis Bryant is the most well-known name available. That availability in the fourth round shouldn't be seen as surprising, although some had him going as high as the second round (namely Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor). Bryant is as physically gifted as any player in the draft, but he's also one of the worst route-runners available, and his athleticism is really what a team is going to draft. There's very little chance he'll be able to compete for snaps his rookie season but could be an outstanding investment pick.

The top players on our board are Penn State defensive lineman DaQuan Jones and Arizona State outside linebacker Carl Bradford. The Steelers had Bradford in for a visit and his explosive athleticism is intriguing. The Steelers have a history of taking the undersized collegiate defensive ends, re-teaching them how to use their hands and creating an edge rusher. Bradford is an excellent candidate for that.

The Steelers have the 18th pick of the fourth round (118 overall) and the draft gets underway at noon ET Saturday.

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