Sammie Coates, the Steelers’ third-round pick, is a wide receiver entering the NFL answering questions about his hands. Sounds a lot like Ravens’ first-round pick Breshad Perriman.
The pressure may be greater on Perriman, who the Ravens are counting on to have an instant impact. But Coates also wants to prove he will be a consistent playmaker in the NFL.
“I’m just trying to do everything I can to showcase I’m an all around guy who can play anywhere,” Perriman told ESPN.com at the rookie symposium.
The Steelers have a solid core of wide receivers featuring Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Markus Wheaton. Yet they still drafted Auburn product Coates, who has the speed to make big plays, especially with a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger throwing to him.
Pittsburgh’s passing attack was one of the most prolific in the AFC last season. If Coates makes an immediate contribution, the Steelers’ offense could become even more difficult to contain.