The only thing threatening signing Lewis is how much we are paying underperforming Harrison and Woodley.
Personally, I would go Patterson before I sign Breaston but Patterson may be gone and nobody else grades out that high IMO...that may be the Steelers line of thinking too. Not sure what they would do with Cotchery. Releasing Cotchery frees up 1 mil and creates 500k dead money. A core of Brown, Sanders, Breaston, and Cotchery wouldn't be all that bad. I think the drop from a Top 5 group but still stay in the Top 10. The #5 could really help them too which I would assume would be a draft choice. It is a deep class and there will be good quality in the 3rd - 4th back. Adding Marcus Davis, Josh Boyce, Tavarres King, Kenny Stills, or Mark Harrison to that group would make it interesting
If Wallace is gone (likely), I don't see the need to replace Cotchery with Breaston. If we have both then I'm happy because the depth is very solid at WR (Brown, Sanders, Cotchery, Breaston, and a draft pick).
As far as Patterson goes...I don't know much about him. I will say that I think Hopkins is the best WR in this draft from what I've seen. I don't know if he warrants a #17 selection but I don't see many other players as polished as Hopkins that will be BPA at #17 regardless of that the "experts" say. Yes, I think Jarvis Jones, Ansah, etc are obviously rated higher but I think Jones will be gone and I think Ansah is going to be to tempting for a team to pass up on.
Hopkins is a clone to Roddy White. Just about identical height, weight and 40 time metrics. Both have very good hands, decent size and are aggressive attacking the ball.. Would you draft a young Roddy White at #17? I would. Unless someone big falls to #17, I would have no problems drafting the future Roddy White (Hopkins) and save OLB, ILB, S, OL, RB (in any order) for the later rounds.
Oh and btw... NFL.com compares him to Roddy White. I didn't see that before I wrote this post (i swear)... I was simply trying to look up his combine 40 time :)
Not sure why everyone is acting like this is a done deal. Not one credible source is reporting this. He has not signed yet.
Who do they compare Markus Wheaton to?
Can we please change this thread title. The Steelers did not sign Steve Breaston.