NFL Draft results 2013: Bills and Steelers pick up wide receivers in 3rd round


The Bills and Steelers both used their third-round picks to grab wide receivers. The Cowboys addressed concerns in their secondary.

A couple wide receivers went off the board as the Buffalo Bills picked up Marquise Goodwin with the 78th pick, and the Pittsburgh Steelers took Markus Wheaton with the 79th pick. The Dallas Cowboys addressed needs at safety by drafting J.J. Wilcox with the 80th pick.

Goodwin, 22, is renowned for his world-class speed, and made the 2012 Olympic team in the Long Jump. He's won two NCAA Championships in the long jump and has also been a pretty productive wide receiver with the University of Texas. Unfortunately, that time in the Olympics hindered his college career, as he only touched the ball 39 times last season, not counting returns. But anytime he catches the ball there is a chance for a touchdown, and the Bills need some extra bodies around Stevie Johnson.

After steadily improving each year at Oregon State, Wheaton exploded with over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior. Drawing comparisons to ex-Steelers Mike Wallace, Wheaton has the speed to burn deep, but doesn't have a ton of size and needs to refine his route running. The Steelers don't have the greatest depth at wide receiver behind Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders -- who is an unrestricted free agent in next season -- and need someone to step up into the third receiver role.

Wilcox played running back and wide receiver for his first three seasons at Georgia Southern, but he became a pro prospect in his one season at strong safety in 2012. He had 88 tackles, three pass break-ups and two interceptions in his only season on defense, and he also averaged 25.2 yards as the team's primary kick returner. He caught eyes at the Senior Bowl, and his performance at the Combine helped solidify his reputation with limited exposure in one season at an FCS school. With Barry Church coming off of an achilles injury, the Cowboys needed a bit more depth in their secondary.

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