Martavis Bryant highest drafted Steelers receiver over 6-foot-1 since Limas Sweed

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The Steelers' fourth-round pick may end up being the most popular one when it's all said and done. Rarely do prospects show so clearly such a high ceiling and such obvious bust characteristics.

The Steelers shied away from the whole "tall receiver" bit. They took Texas wide receiver Limas Sweed in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. And Sweed was a fairly polished receiver.

Meet Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant. Sweed's size minus a few pounds and with maybe a step over 40 yards. Half the polish. But the comparisons will be inescapable.

Bryant had monster games that made some think during the season, if he went pro (we didn't think he would) he'd need some time but he could be a freak.

Even more intriguing in Clemson is WR Martavis Bryant. He was suspended for the team's bowl game last season, and four drops against Georgia in their season-opener have likely dropped his stock. A throat-slashing gesture after a touchdown against N.C. State earlier this year won't help either, but there's little doubt the 6-foot-5 Bryant has legitimate physical skills. He's averaging a ridiculous 23 yards a catch through his three-year career, and at this point, has nowhere to go but up.

And he went all the way up to the fourth round. The tall receiver the Steelers have wanted (supposedly) is heading to Pittsburgh, and with the right coaching, could end up being the fourth round steal the team could desperately use.

It's been probably the best round for the team overall in terms of picks to players. They traded up last year for Shamarko Thomas, helping wash out the neutrality of Landry Jones. Cortez Allen - another high ceiling player - came via the fourth round in 2011.

There's a lot to be optimistic with, but that same stratospheric ceiling existed for Sweed as well. Much of it will be up to Bryant. If he can make it happen, it could be one of the most memorable drafts of the Kevin Colbert Era.

2014 Steelers Draft Picks

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