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Insider Only NFL: Round 2 Buzz: The Golden Tate, Arrelious Benn dilemma at No. 52?

Will the Steelers by-pass other needs in the second round

Following the Steelers first OTA practice on Monday, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert addressed the media surrounding the Steelers wide receiver position and indicated that drafting a wide receiver is unlikely in the early rounds.
Despite other pressing needs, it’s hard to find a league executive who actually believes wide receiver is not on the Steelers radar in day 2.
According to one team source, Notre Dame’s Golden Tate and Arrelious Benn are very much on the Steelers radar today.
The Steelers have been linked to Tate for sometime. He is regarded as a Hines Ward clone, while the Steelers are also very high on Benn, a physical down field receiver.
The Steelers met with both receivers this month.
In a Round 2 Mock Draft, ESPN Scouts INC has the Steelers selecting Tate with the No. 52 selection.
In talking to league evaluators, it appears Tate is a lock to go in the second round but where remains to be seen.
Some believe he could go in the top-5 picks today and maybe as early as No.33 to St. Louis, while others say there’s a good chance he’ll be available in the 47-52 range.
Tate, (5-11, 202) has 4.42 40-speed and had 93 receptions for 1, 496 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.
He’s regarded as an explosive game-breaking receiver who can score from any point on the field, that quickly gets to top speed, and has the ability to beat defenders downfield.
Arrelious Benn (6-1, 219) has 4.45 40-speed and is physical well-sized possession receiver with reliable hands.
Scouts INC projects Benn to be the first wide receiver off the board in the second round.

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