Steelers land 'scary talent' Martavis Bryant

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd throws during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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"Scary talent" lands in Pittsburgh

Hanna product Martavis Bryant had to watch 16 receivers’ names called over three days before him, but early Saturday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers filled their need for a deep threat with the lanky speedster.

The Steelers had one of the better passing games in the AFC last year (12th in the league), making a late run that fell just short of the playoffs. A 2004 first round selection, veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for 34,105 yards and 219 touchdowns going into 2014.

Bryant more than doubled his first two season’s catch total in 2013 (42), averaging 19.7 yards per reception for 828 yards and seven touchdowns. His pair of acrobatic touchdown catches were integral in Clemson’s Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State back in January.

But for every off-the-chart skillset an analyst can name – he also makes them ask rhetorical questions.

“This guy has scary talent,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “He has some immaturity issues. The reason a first round talent like him goes in the fourth round is two-fold: one, are the immaturity issues, and two, just one year of production.

“You kinda go, ‘Well, why? If you’re so gifted why did I only get one year out of you?’ This is a little bit of an interesting pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

“I watch him on film and I say, 'Wait, why are we talking about him as a potential late second-third rounder?’” ESPN’s Todd McShay said. “Well, there’s some character and intangible concerns with him and also some drops. What you llike about him is his ability to get down the field. Big Ben (Roethlisberger) is going to love this pick. He needs receiver down the field and that can track (the ball). He’s grabbing that ball over the shoulder – it’s what he does best.

“The acceleration off the line of scrimmage – for his size, you just don’t see guys like this. I’m not saying he’s A.J. Green, but I’m just saying when you look at the build, and the flexibility and the swivel hips – he has a lot of the same skills. This is a great pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Breeland to D.C.

Bashaud Breeland was the first off the board on day three among Clemson’s pro prospects by pick two (102 overall) to the Washington Redskins.

Breeland opted to forego his senior season after racking up 74 tackles with a team-best 13 pass breakups and four interceptions last season.

He was projected as high as a second round selection – size (5-11 197) and physicality jumping off the board to NFL scouts.

“I had this kid as a late second-rounder,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “He’s a long athletic corner. He came out early. I felt like if he had came back and played another year he’d be a first round corner in the NFL. He ran 4.61, that was the knock.

“He slid. His length and toughness and the fact he can play inside and outside – there’s value there.”

“He’s a pretty good athlete,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said. “You think about his size and toughness and his aggressiveness was evident game after game…What I want to see is more discipline in coverage, but he came on this year and played well.”

Breeland was the 11th cornerback taken overall, joining former Tiger and Daniel product Jarvis Jenkins in D.C.

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bighotel44#293268 writes:

For possibly the most productive quarterback in ACC history going in the sixth round sounds a little bit kooky in my opinion. Thank goodness he is going to a team that will give him every opportunity to be successful. This could wind up being a really good thing for Tajh and the Jets. At least he will get a fair shake at making the team and showing what he can really do when under fire. He can play and now he can show the NFL how good he really is. Good luck to you, Tajh.

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