The 2020 NFL draft is just over six weeks away. With the announcement yesterday of all 32 compensatory draft picks, the exact position of every NFL team’s selections are now known. Before the announcement, the Steelers only knew they had the 49th overall pick. With neither of their selections in either the first or the third round, the Steelers were waiting to see exactly where they would be choosing for the rest of the draft. Before the compensatory picks were announced, only the first 96 elections were set in stone. Yes, teams knew which pick they had from the start of each round, but until the exact number of compensatory selections per round were assigned, teams did not know with which overall selection a round would begin.
With 10 compensatory picks coming at the end of the third round, the fourth round will begin with selection number 107. As everything else falls into place, the Steelers now know the exact overall pick of all their selections.
This year‘s draft will see 255 total picks. The reason they are not the typical 256 is because the Arizona Cardinals forfeited their fifth-round selection by using a pick in last year‘s supplemental draft where they selected Jalen Thompson from Washington State.
The Steelers are scheduled to make six selections in the 2020 draft and the exact position of those picks are now known. Since the Steelers could trade any of these selections, they are simply classified as their scheduled picks. The Steelers do not have a first-round pick this year due to the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick. Additionally, the Steelers gave up their original third-round selection to move up in the 2019 draft in order to take Devin Bush. The Steelers also surrendered multiple fifth-round selections over the course the 2019 season. As part of the Fitzpatrick trade, the Steelers gained an additional fourth-round pick in exchange for their fifth-round selection. The Steelers also gained a fifth-round pick from the Jacksonville Jaguars for quarterback Josh Dobbs, but subsequently traded the pick to the Seattle Seahawks for tight end Nick Vannett.
Here are the six selections the Steelers are scheduled to make in the 2020 draft:
Round 2, selection 49
Round 3, selection 102 (compensatory)
Round 4, selection 124
Round 4, selection 135 (from Miami, from Tennessee)
Round 6, selection 198
Round 7, selection 232