The 2019 NFL Draft is just hours away, and the rumors are already starting to swirl regarding the Pittsburgh Steelers’ intentions with the 20th overall draft pick.
Armed with 10 draft picks over the span of 7 rounds, the team certainly possesses the draft capital to move up if they wanted. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter this is something the Steelers are seriously considering in the opening round.
Of the teams making calls to potentially move up the draft board tonight, one of the notable ones is the Pittsburgh Steelers, per league sources. Pittsburgh not usually a draft-day mover. But Steelers have defensive needs and are exploring best ways to address them.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2019
While fans might get excited with the prospect of their favorite team potentially making a big splash in Round 1, it should be noted Kevin Colbert rarely trades up. Since 2000, when he took over, Colbert has traded up only twice in the first round, but when he trades up it is usually worth the cost.
He traded up in 2003 to draft Troy Polamalu, and again in 2006 to obtain Santonio Holmes. Those trades produced a likely Hall of Famer and a Super Bowl MVP. In other words, if he does indeed trade up his track record is spotless when doing so.
But before fans glue themselves to their couches to wait to hear the Steelers trade, it should be worth noting the team is going to do their diligence, like they do every year, regarding other organizations who might be interested in trading back.
The Steelers have contacted every team in the league regarding trading up and trading down to gauge interest. That began earlier this week. No deals are imminent. #Steelers #dkps— Dale Lolley (@dlolley_pgh) April 25, 2019
With that said, the thought of the Steelers trading up will certainly be intriguing enough to keep the black-and-gold faithful’s interest in the early portions of the draft process. Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the team as the draft process begins.