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Clayton's take on day 2

Postby thesteelhammer » Sat Apr 27, 2013 8:59 am

Names Ben one of the winners of day 2 ... ers-losers

A little more than a week before the draft, things looked bleak for Big Ben. Mike Wallace, his best deep threat, had departed in free agency. Dependable tight end Heath Miller has been recovering from a knee reconstruction and might not be ready for the start of the regular season. The final straw came when the New England Patriots signed wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders to a one-year, $2.5 million restricted offer sheet. The Steelers were thinking of letting Sanders go and getting a third-round choice as compensation. But they decided to match the offer, and things got even better for Roethlisberger on Friday night. It started when the Steelers reached an agreement to sign former Cardinals halfback LaRod Stephens-Howling to a one-year contact. It got better in the second round when Pittsburgh drafted Michigan State running back Le'Veon Bell to be the replacement for Rashard Mendenhall. The bonus came in the third round when the Steelers drafted wide receiver Markus Wheaton of Oregon State. It's difficult to forecast whether Wheaton will become the speed threat Roethlisberger lost with Wallace's departure, but he has a chance. He's fast enough and will be under contract for four years.

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