<
>

Draft rewind: Plenty of wide receivers, two punters taken before Antonio Brown

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, whose 123 catches in 2014 were the second-most ever in an NFL season, lasted until the 195th pick of the 2010 draft and had two punters selected ahead of him.

That's right, two punters.

One of those, Zoltan Mesko, punted for the Steelers in 2013 before being released because of too many of what coach Mike Tomlin called “JV punts.”

New England drafted Mesko in the fifth round -- 45 picks ahead of Brown -- in 2010. He punted three seasons for the Patriots before they released him in 2013. The Steelers released Drew Butler and signed Mesko, but he lasted just seven games after posting a net punting average of 36.7 yards.

As for wide receivers, 21 were drafted ahead of Brown, and there was a run on wideouts in the third round when Eric Decker, Andre Roberts, Armanti Edwards and Taylor Price were selected with four consecutive picks.

History has shown 2010 to be a good draft for pass catchers.

Five wide receivers from that draft have made at least one Pro Bowl, including Steelers third-round pick Emmanuel Sanders after blossoming last season in Denver.

Jimmy Graham, who is a tight end but plays more like a wide receiver who occasionally blocks, was also in the 2010 draft.

The New Orleans Saints took Graham near the end of the third round. One round earlier the Patriots picked a tight end by the name of Rob Gronkowski.