How Close Is Close Enough For Steelers to Trade Up?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman David DeCastro of Stanford participates in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)


With Seattle on the clock, and higher-end prospects like OG David DeCastro, OT Riley Reiff and DE/OLB Melvin Ingram still available, Steelers fans are likely starting to wonder how close to 24 would players like this need to fall before the Steelers would consider giving up a few picks to move up and take one?

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert noted before the draft the team viewed about 15 players as being worthy of a first round pick. It's likely any of the three aforementioned guys would be one of those 15. While the Steelers have holes they need to fill, high-end players are high-end players, and it doesn't appear there will be one at 24; they'd have to move up a few spots.

Obviously, that strategy has worked for the Steelers in the past - Troy Polamalu and Santonio Holmes (for even has short his tenure was) were the results of moving up in the first round.

Neither the Chiefs nor the Giants - the other halves of those trades - profited enormously with those deals. Seems Colbert has a good nose for it, so perhaps the fall of these players could convince him to make a move.

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