Todd McShay can't pick one Steelers draft pick as his favorite

Jonathan Daniel

Admitting to breaking his own rules, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay selects two players as his favorites of the Steelers 2014 draft class.

ESPN's Todd McShay is excited enough about the Steelers' draft, he couldn't select just one player as his favorite pick from the 2014 NFL Draft.

He picked both defensive end Stephon Tuitt (second round, No. 46 overall) and wide receiver Martavis Bryant (fourth round, 118 overall).

I'm breaking the rules here by including two guys for the Steelers, but I really couldn't decide between these two, as they were tops among the many picks of Pittsburgh's that I really liked in this draft. Tuitt needs to keep his weight down and play with a consistent motor, but he is a top-15 talent in this class who is a great scheme fit for Dick LeBeau's defense. He is strong and long and can get to the QB.

Some of the weight issue and lack of production Tuitt experienced in 2013 was due to a foot injury that held him back much of the offseason. He didn't come into the year at his peak from a conditioning standpoint, and that very well could be the only reason he ended up being taken in the second round. He was a first-round player after 2012, and while he's recovering from foot surgery in the offseason, he'll have these next few months to prepare himself physically. That doesn't mean he starts from Day 1, but his upside is quite high.

As for Bryant, he provides the Steelers' receiving corps with a size element that it doesn't currently have right now, and he has really good speed (4.42 40) to go with great body control and movement skills. He needs to stay out of trouble, but if he can he's a steal. Ben Roethlisberger is going to love this pick.

The trouble Bryant got into was similar to issues many players have, and the suspension he "earned" this past season was for making a throat-slashing gesture after scoring a touchdown. Discipline is good, and it's safe to say a powerful message was delivered. That's not a character flaw.

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