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Grading the Pittsburgh Steelers NFL Draft day trades since 2000

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The Steelers have now made 14 moves on draft day under GM Kevin Colbert.

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On last week’s episode of The Steelers Preview Podcast, Jeff Hartman, Bryan Anthony Davis, and Dave Schofield each gave a grade to every draft-day trade in the Kevin Colbert era. Here are the results of the 13 trades since the year 2000, not including the too-soon-to-grade trade of 2019.

2001

Trade down in Round 1

Gave up: Rd 1 (16) Santana Moss (NYJ)

Got: Rd 1 (19) Casey Hampton, Rd 4 (111) Mathias Nkwenti, and Rd 6 (181) Rodney Bailey

Bryan: A

Jeff: A

Dave: A

Trade up in Round 2

Got: Rd 2 (39) Kendrell Bell

Gave up: Rd 2 (50) Dominic Raiola (NE, traded), Rd 4 (112) Carlos Polk (NE, traded)

Bryan: A

Jeff: A

Dave: A


2003

Trade up in Round 1

Got: Rd 1 (16) Troy Polamalu

Gave up: Rd 1 (27) Larry Johnson (KC), Rd 3 (92) Julian Battle (KC), Rd 6 (200) Brooks Bollinger (KC, traded)

Bryan: A

Jeff: A

Dave: A


2004

Trade up in Round 2

Got: Rd 2 (38) Ricardo Colclough

Gave up: Rd 2 (44) Bob Sanders (IND), Rd 4 (107) Kendyll Pope (IND)

Bryan: D

Jeff: F

Dave: D


2006

Trade up in Round 1

Got: Rd 1 (25) Santonio Holmes

Gave up: Rd 1 (32) Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG), Rd 3 (96) Gerris Wilkinson (NYG), Rd 4 (129) Guy Whimper (NYG)

Bryan: A

Jeff: A

Dave: A

Trade down in Round 2

Gave up: Rd 2 (64) Tavaris Jackson (MIN)

Got: Rd 3 (83) Anthony Smith, Rd 3 (95) Willie Reed

Bryan: B

Jeff: D

Dave: C


2007

Trade up in Round 4

Got: Rd 4 (112) Daniel Sepulveda

Gave up: Rd 4 (119) Allen Barbie (GB), Rd 6 (193) Mason Crosby (GB)

Bryan: D

Jeff: F

Dave: F


2008

Trade down in Round 4

Gave up: Rd 4 (123) Bryan Kehl (NYG)

Got: Rd 4 (130) Tony Hills, Rd 6 (194) Ryan Mundy

Bryan: B

Jeff: C

Dave: B


2009

Trade down in Round 2

Gave up: Rd 2 (64) Richard Quinn (DEN), Rd 4 (132) Seth Olsen

Got: Rd 3 (79) Kraig Urbik, Rd 3 (84) Mike Wallace

Bryan: A

Jeff: B

Dave: A


2010

Trade down in Round 5

Gave up: Rd 5 (155) John Skelton(AZ)

Got: Rd 6 (195) Antonio Brown, (Player) Bryant McFadden

Bryan: A+

Jeff: A

Dave: A


2012

Trade up in Round 4

Got: Rd 4 (111) Alemeda Te’amu

Gave up: Rd 4 (119) Keenan Robinson (WAS), Rd 6 (193) Tom Compton (WAS)

Bryan: F

Jeff: F

Dave: D


2013

Trade into Round 4

Got: Rd 4 (111) Shamarko Thomas

Gave up: 2014 Rd 3 (83) Louis Nix (CLE, traded)

Bryan: D-

Jeff: D-

Dave: D


2018

Trade up in Round 3

Got: Rd 3 (76) Mason Rudolph

Gave up: Rd 3 (79) Rasheem Green (SEA), Rd 7 (220) Alex McGough (SEA)

Bryan: A

Jeff: INC

Dave: INC


Of the 13 trades, six of them were graded as an A average, one each of B and C, five trades graded D or lower, and one incomplete. In the opinion of The Steelers Preview podcasters, the Steelers have been either feast or famine when it comes to draft day trades over the last 20 years.