PITTS­BURGH STEEL­ERS

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Grade: C-

James Washington should help re­place Mar­tavis Bryant (traded for a thir­drounder), while his col­lege quar­ter­back, Ru­dolph, is a great can­di­date to be Ben Roeth­lis­berger’s po­ten­tial heir. Ed­munds was viewed as a mid­dle-round prospect, and the team never ad­dressed its gap­ing hole at in­side line­backer.

Best pick

James Washington brings tremen­dous big­play abil­ity, hav­ing av­er­aged 19.8 yards per re­cep­tion and caught 39 touch­downs in col­lege. Pitts­burgh shipped off Bryant but quickly brought in an­other ex­plo­sive play­maker to re­in­force its high-fly­ing of­fense.

Up­side pick

Ter­rell Ed­munds isn’t as highly touted as younger brother Tre­maine (16th over­all to Buf­falo), but Ter­rell is just as ath­letic. But living up to the first-round billing will be a huge chal­lenge. He tested in the 85th per­centile or better among safeties in every NFL scout­ing com­bine mea­sur­able ex­cept for height, demon­strat­ing the po­ten­tial for him to be a matchup cov­er­age weapon against tight ends.

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