Steelers rookie Markus Wheaton compared to Hines Ward

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Daniel Jeremiah compares Steelers rookie wide receiver Markus Wheaton to former Pittsburgh great Hines Ward.

According to NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, Wheaton is a player who will be worth watching once he arrives in Latrobe because he could be one of the steals of the NFL Draft.


While Wheaton is mostly being called the logical replacement for Mike Wallace as the Steelers’ primary speed receiver, Jeremiah thinks he is much more than that.


“He fits them well,” Jeremiah said.


He even dares to drop the name Hines Ward.


Jeremiah believes the 6-foot-1, 182-pound Wheaton soon will be as despised in Baltimore, Cincinnati and Cleveland as he will be liked in Pittsburgh, where players with an edge, attitude and get-in-somebody’s-face mentality are loved — at least if they play for the home team.


“He fits the new mold they’ve got there, guys who can win one-on-ones with quickness, but he’s also got big-play ability with top speed and feisty toughness,” Jeremiah said.


“He’s got the kind of toughness Hines Ward had when he played against Baltimore; the feistiness he brought to that offense was a huge asset. This kid is not as big as Hines (6-0, 205), but he’s going to bring some of that competitiveness and feistiness.”

Jeremiah believes Wheaton is a perfect fit for Pittsburgh.

“I think he’s perfect there,” Jeremiah said. “You can’t just label him as a possession guy. You can’t just label him as just a vertical guy. He can’t do all things at an elite level, but he’s capable of doing everything. He’s a huge chess piece (for Ben Roethlisberger) to have.”

After losing Mike Wallace in free agency this offseason, it would be great if Wheaton could step up and play like Ward during his first year.


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