This proposal is due to the coronavirus pandemic which is severely impacting the draft process for both teams and players. The proposal would be adding 96 more selections, which could give players more chances at making an NFL team, and give teams a better shot at having successful draft picks.
With the vast majority of pro days, in-person interviews and workouts being cancelled, players who were hoping to raise their draft stock through such methods would now still have a shot at being drafted.
Such a change would definitely help the Steelers, who heavily rely on the draft for building up the foundation of their team. Pittsburgh only has 6 total picks, as of right now, in this year’s draft, which could be raised to 9 if Colbert’s proposal is implemented.
Building upon what looks to be an already chaotic virtual draft could backfire, but it would be an interesting wrinkle that could prove to be helpful for both parties.
It remains to be seen how far this reported proposal might go, but a 10 round draft is a reasonable idea that somehow manages to fit in perfectly within these bizarre times. In the meantime, stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the 2020 NFL Draft, and start their preparations for the upcoming 2020 regular season.