Maybe Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger needed some time to collect himself.
Ten minutes after the Steelers selected Ben's tall receiver, the quarterback gave the receiver a call to welcome him to the team.
"Yeah, I was [surprised] to be honest with you but it was a good experience for me," Bryant said Friday after the team's rookie minicamp session in Pittsburgh. "He asked me when I was coming out here and I told him I report Monday."
It's a match made in fans' heaven. Amid speculation throughout the weeks leading into the 2014 NFL Draft, fans were egged on by media reports that the Steelers would draft a "tall" wide receiver in the first two rounds. It's fun to imagine the Steelers' franchise quarterback pacing around his man cave like a caged animal, waiting to hear which receiver, and how tall he would be.
In the third round, the Steelers selected diminutive running back/WR Dri Archer. In terms of height, a step (albeit a fast one) in the wrong direction.
The team grabbed Bryant in the fourth, and he's in Pittsburgh now, looking to compete for the team's fourth spot on its depth chart.