NFL DRAFT DAY 3

Steelers draft capsules: Martavis Bryant, Shaquille Richardson, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Zumwalt, Daniel McCullers, Rob Blanchflower

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A closer look at the players the team selected on the final day of the draft at Radio City Music Hall:

Martavis Bryant (RD 4 Pick #118)

Pos: WR * Ht: 6-4 * Wt: 211 * School: Clemson

About the Pick: Came out as a junior and started just one season for the Tigers. ... Caught 61 passes for 1,354 yards in three seasons. ... Averaged 22.2 yards per reception, an NCAA record... Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann said he had a chance to be drafted in the first round if he had returned to school for his senior season. "I'm surprised he lasted that long," Mann said. ... Teammate of Sammy Watkins, the first receiver taken in the draft. ... Will turn 23 in December. ... Prepped for a year at Hargrave Military Academy where his quarterback was Doug Williams Jr.

Shaquille Richardson (RD 5 Pick #157)

Pos: CB * Ht: 6-0 * Wt: 194 * School: Arizona

■ About the Pick: Started 37 of 49 games at Arizona and had 10 career interceptions, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. ... Started career at UCLA, where he was recruited by Steelers defensive backs coach Carnell Lake. ... Dismissed from UCLA by former coach Rick Neuheisel after being arrested on suspicion of felony theft. Those charges were later dropped. ... He transferred to Arizona and started three games as a freshman before becoming a starter for his final three seasons.

Wesley Johnson (RD 5 Pick #173)

Pos: OL * Ht: 6-5 * Wt: 297 * School: Vanderbilt

About the Pick: Started 51 games for the Commodores -- 39 at left tackle, 3 at right tackle, 2 at left guard and 7 at center. ... Steelers valued his versatility and will wait until he arrives to assign a position. ... Allowed only one sack as a senior. ... SEC coaches voted him all-conference as a senior last season. ... Johnson said he is most comfortable at tackle. ... His grandfather lived in Pittsburgh and is a big Steelers fan. Johnson has a picture when he was a baby holding a Steelers football.

Jordan Zumwalt (RD 6 Pick #192)

Pos: ILB * Ht: 6-4 * Wt: 225 * School: UCLA

About the Pick: Started 30 games for the Bruins, mostly at outside linebacker, but the Steelers project him on the inside. ... Explosive player who had 256 career tackles, including a career-high 93 as a senior. ... His defensive coordinator at UCLA was former Steelers assistant Lou Spanos. ... Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler said playing in a similar defense at UCLA will make for an easy transition to the Steelers. ... His father, Rick Zumwalt, played at Arizona State.

Daniel McCullers (RD 7 Pick #215)

Pos: DL * Ht: 6-7 * Wt: 352 * School: Tennessee

About the Pick: Played two seasons at Tennessee after spending two years in junior college at Georgia Military College. ... Started 19 of 22 games for the Volunteers and had 136 tackles and 6½ sacks. ... Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell said he can play inside or outside but will begin his career as a nose tackle. ... Indicated playing with leverage and his consistency were issues in his college career. "If I can play low I can be a great player," McCullers said. ... Weighed 420 pounds as a senior in high school.

Rob Blanchflower (RD 7 Pick #230)

Pos: TE * Ht: 6-4 * Wt: 256 * School: Massachusetts

About the Pick: Started 27 games for the Minutemen but his senior season was cut short due to a sports hernia. ... Steelers tight ends coach James Daniel likes that Blanchflower can block and catch passes. ... Had 70 career receptions and five touchdowns. ... Will turn 24 in June.

Undrafted free agents

After the draft, the Steelers agreed to terms with 10 rookie free agents: DB Devon Carrington (Stanford), OL Chris Elkins (Youngstown State), DE Ethan Hemer (Wisconsin), OT Kaycee Ike (UAB), LB Howard Jones (Shepherd), QB Brendon Kay (Cincinnati), DE Josh Mauro (Stanford), T Roy Philon (Louisville), OG Will Simmons (East Carolina) and TE Eric Waters (Missouri).


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