- Scott Brown, ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter
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PITTSBURGH -- Odell Beckham Jr. to Pittsburgh got a little more momentum -- at least outside of Steelers’ headquarters -- on Monday when ESPN analyst Todd McShay wrote that the two would make an ideal pairing.
McShay weighed in on a handful of good fits for teams not picking in the top 10 of the upcoming draft, and Beckham and the Steelers topped his list.
Beckham caught 26 passes last season that were thrown at least 15 yards, according to ESPN Stats & Information, making the LSU wide receiver an attractive intermediate and deep threat. McShay also thinks the 5-foot-11, 198-pounder could thrive in the no-huddle attack that limited the hits Ben Roethlisberger absorbed in the second half of last season since the veteran quarterback focused on getting rid of the ball quicker.
“Beckham would help [Roethlisberger] do that because of his ability to beat press coverage with his quickness and to separate quickly,” McShay wrote. “In addition, Beckham has the ability to create after the catch and be a deep threat for when Roethlisberger does extend plays and stretches the field with his arm strength."
McShay has the Steelers taking Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard 15th overall pick in his latest mock draft with the Packers selecting Beckham six picks later.
What is important to note is that McShay's mock drafts reflect what he thinks teams will do, not the player or players he would select if he were picking for them.
Mel Kiper Jr., meanwhile, has the Steelers taking Beckham in his two most recent mock drafts. And in one of those drafts, Kiper makes picks as if the ESPN analyst were the general manager of every team (i.e., what he would do).