As the best team not to make the playoffs in 2018, the Pittsburgh Steelers are now guaranteed the 20th selection in the 2019 NFL Draft, their lowest draft position since 2014 when they picked 15th. The Arizona Cardinals assured themselves of the No.1 pick after they finished with three wins on the season, with the San Francisco 49ers and New York Jets rounding out the top three.
Given the Steelers are the only team in the league to finish with a final record of 9-6-1, they will have the 20th selection in every round except the fifth and the seventh rounds. Pittsburgh traded their fifth round pick to the Oakland Raiders in return for Ryan Switzer and traded their seventh rounder to the Cleveland Browns as part of the trade for Sammie Coates last year.
The Steelers will also have the Raiders sixth round pick that they received as part of the trade for Switzer and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seventh round selection that they received as part of the trade for J.J. Wilcox in 2017.
Pittsburgh last had the 20th pick in 1985, a year in which they selected defensive end Darryl Sims, and the last time they failed to make the playoffs, they chose Ryan Shazier with the 15th selection of the 2014 draft. Hopefully, the Steelers will take a defensive player with their first round selection this time around too.