Biggest NFL Offseason Questions That Will Be Answered in the Draft

“That sixth (round pick) might be Antonio Brown,” Colbert said, per ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler. “A seventh, you say just throw in a seventh, well that might have been Brett Keisel. You never want to say it’s a pick. You try to associate a player that you could get with those picks.”

However, Brown’s departure is a significant blow to the lineup. The team can’t automatically replace six straight years of 100-plus catches and at least 1,284 receiving yards. 

Smith-Schuster will experience an expanded role after his breakout 111-catch, 1,426-yard sophomore campaign. But he won’t benefit any longer from defenses concentrating on Brown. He’ll now be the No. 1 option and need help from James Washington. Last year’s second-round pick is a vertical threat, but he struggled to carve out a niche with 38 receptions for 217 yards. 

Another option is needed, particularly working outside the numbers and the deep to intermediate zones. A combination of Smith-Schuster, Washington, Ryan Switzer, Eli Rogers and the recently signed Donte Moncrief, who has never had more than 64 receptions for 733 receiving yards in a single season, isn’t quite good enough.

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