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Pittsburgh Steelers met with WR Jay Lee at Baylor Pro Day

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for a very defensive NFL Draft, but don't sleep on the team taking a wide receiver at some point in the selection process.

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The one-year suspension of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant certainly put a wrench in the team's plans heading into 2016, but also in terms of the NFL Draft. While the team was prepared to let Darrius Heyward-Bey test free agency and plan for a very defense-heavy draft class, the suspension changed things.

The team signed Heyward-Bey to a new three-year contract before Free Agency began, and now the thought of the team drafting a wide receiver doesn't seem as ludicrous as it was just a month ago. This is why it shouldn't come as a shock to anyone when the Steelers are taking the time at specific college Pro Days to to meet with wide receivers who they might be targeting in the upcoming draft.

When the Steelers were at Baylor's Pro Day, most likely to watch Andrew Billings, they also met with receiver Jay Lee while they were in Texas.

Lee is a player with a big frame (6-feet 2-inches tall, 215-pounds) who can still run as he posted a 4.53 40-yard dash time at his Pro Day workout. Lee impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl and is lauded for his ability to high point the ball, being a "hands catcher" and someone who can use his ridiculous catch radius to make plays.

Mostly overlooked in his two years as a starter at Baylor, Lee isn't projected to be a drafted player, but the fact the Steelers are showing interest means something. After all, the Steelers have been a wide receiver factory, and many of those receivers have been mid-to-late round draft picks who have stepped in and become regulars on the roster. If Lee is available in the late 7th round, he could be a Steelers pick, but if they feel they could grab him as an undrafted free agent, he could still find his way to the black and gold.

Nonetheless, Lee is a player who has the look of a NFL player, but does he have the polish to be successful? If there is a team who could turn him into a player, it is undoubtedly the Pittsburgh Steelers.