Laughable? You absolutely can comapre Wallace to Moss's ability to be a deep ball "Bomb" threat. No one said he has Moss's all around talent... Not for a second. Moss was most certainly the better player in his early years. But Wallace is in that vertical threat category that can burn teams and instantly change the complection of a game... For the record I am no Wallace fan and I hope the door doesn't slap him in the butt for turing down 10M a year (if true). My point is that not just any receiver can replace Wallace's big play skillset and what that has done for the offense...
1st (T-D) Kelvin Benjamin WR
2nd Bradley Roby CB
3a Kareem Martin DE
3b C.J. Fiedorowicz TE
4th Christian Jones LB
5a Dri Archer RB
5b Kevin Pierre-Louis LB
6a Beau Allen NT
6b Shaquille Richardson CB
7th John Brown WR
For the record, the best WR in this draft class, in Chadman's opinion, is DaRick Rogers.
But the dude is a character concern, and here's betting the Steelers steer well clear of character issues this season.
As for Brown playing the "x"... Brown is not 'fast' (4.5, but he is quick. Wallace was fast. The only reason Brown performed better running Wallace's routes was because he didn't know the routes run by Hines Ward. So to accomodate this, they moved Wallace into Ward's role, and put Brown in Wallace's role. Or something like that. Apparently the plan is to now put Brown into the "x" fulltime, so the Steelers need a WR to run Hines' old routes.
How successful this will be is yet to be determined.
Schiavone's Race Career:
I think that Brown can easily be an X...
He is within 1 inch, 6 lbs and .02 sec 40 time of Santonio Holmes' numbers at the NFL combine...
Holmes was an excellent X WR for us...Brown can be as well...