The Pittsburgh Steelers are nearing the end of the 2016 NFL Draft, and with two picks in the seventh round, the team spent their first on a return specialist from the University of Houston, DeMarcus Ayers.
Ayers is a player who is smaller, 5-feet 9-inches and 185-pounds, but will likely be used to not only return the occasional kickoff, but to relieve Antonio Brown of his punt return duties. Ayers is capable of fulfilling a slot receiver role on the team, but with the current crop of receivers on the Steelers' roster, it is unlikely he would see the field in that capacity barring injury.
Take a look at some of the comments made by current, and former, players, as well as media experts, on social media surrounding the latest addition to the black and gold.
(Editor's Note: This article will be updated throughout the weekend as more comments and reaction are made.)
Danny Smith on what game speed is: difference between just running for fun and running from the cops.— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) April 30, 2016
The Houston Chronicle reported that Ayers had a broken hand at combine, said he couldn't push off properly.Ayers says he can run mid-4.4s.— Chris Adamski (@C_AdamskiTrib) April 30, 2016
Smith: "We had him listed as the No. 1 punt returner."— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 30, 2016
The #Steelers drafted Ayers as a punt returner. That could mean the end of Antonio Brown on punt returns.— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) April 30, 2016