In the anything-but-normal NFL offseason of 2020, one issue being held up with many teams is the signing of their 2020 draft picks. The Steelers, although it appears they are lagging behind in this department, are in the same boat is almost half the teams in the NFL as they have yet to sign any of their selections according to NFLtraderumors.co.
To show how out of the ordinary this action is, the Steelers signed all of their 2019 draft picks in the month of May last year. As we all know, 2020 has been different in so many ways with both the NFL and life in general. Were the Steelers to be the only team to not sign in either draft picks it would be concerning, or if there was one specific player who was not signed. But like many NFL teams, it appears the Steelers just haven’t been able to go through the proper procedures.
As for the AFC North specifically, both the Steelers and Bengals have not signed any of their 2020 selections. The Cleveland Browns have come to terms with three of their seven draft picks. Leading the way is the Baltimore Ravens who have seven of their ten 2020 draft selections under contract.
The division leading the way in the NFL is the AFC East with two teams, the Bills and Patriots, signing all of their draft picks. The Miami Dolphins are closing in with nine out of eleven selections under contract with the New York Jets coming to terms with three of their nine draft picks. The only other division in the NFL where every team has signed some of their draft selections is the AFC South.
In the AFC West, none of their four teams have signed any of the draft picks they made in 2020. Not far ahead is the NFC South with the Carolina Panthers have signed one of their seven selections and is the only signing in the division. The team with the most work to be done is the Minnesota Vikings as they have 15 draftees, none of which are under contract.
When it comes to the Steelers, it appears getting the deals done with their six 2020 draft picks is something they just haven’t focused on yet. With contracts basically having their totals set by draft position, the only real negotiation comes in to how the contract is broken up. Chances are, when the Steelers get rolling with signing their draft picks, it may not be very long from when they begin until all of them are under contract.