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Steelers select Oregon State WR Markus Wheaton in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft

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His quickness makes him favorable to Antonio Brown and his speed reminds us of Mike Wallace.

Steve Dykes

It's really hard to not make comparisons between former Steelers WR Mike Wallace and Steelers third round pick, Markus Wheaton.

MW. MW. Fast. Fast. Wallace was the 84th pick in the 2009 Draft. Wheaton is the 79th pick of the 2013 Draft.

If that's all it takes, the Steelers may as well give him the number 17. Oddly though, NFL.com's scouting profile on him lists Antonio Brown, and not the former No. 17, as a comparable.

Wheaton, a highly productive and quick and very fast receiver from Oregon State, had a great collegiate career. Racking up 227 receptions for 2,994 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns, Wheaton has the skills outside the numbers as well as playmaking ability out of the slot.

It's the strong prospect at the receiver position the Steelers needed to get in this draft. With a first round spent on Jarvis Jones, and a second round pick on RB Le'Veon Bell, the Steelers are continuing to chip away at positions of need.