The NFL trade deadline has officially come and gone, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were at least an active participant in the anticlimactic event. No, the Steelers didn’t add any talent, but they traded Melvin Ingram to the Kansas City Chiefs for a 2022 NFL Draft 6th round pick.
So, with the Steelers gaining a draft pick, it seemed obvious to update the team’s upcoming draft picks. After all, with trades with the New York Jets in 2020, and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2021, there have been picks which have come and gone.
So, with that said, here are the known draft picks the team has after the trade deadline:
2022 NFL Draft Picks
Round 4 (Traded to the Miami Dolphins) Round 5 (Traded to the New York Jets)
Round 6 (via Kansas City Chiefs)*
Round 6 (Traded to Jacksonville)
Round 7 (via New York Jets)
*Listed as a “conditional pick”
For those wondering, the Steelers trade with the Seattle Seahawks for Akhello Witherspoon was for a 2023 5th round pick, not in the 2022 NFL Draft.
As for the pick from the Chiefs being conditional, it could be any number of things. First, it might depend on Melvin Ingram’s playing time. A more likely scenario may have it come down to which sixth-round pick gets dealt. The Chiefs currently have two picks in the sixth round for 2022 as they have the Raven’s selection as part of the trade for Orlando Brown Jr. It may come down to which pick is higher or lower as to which one the Steelers get based on their trade agreement and how both teams finish the season.
When you look at the Steelers not having a 4th or 5th round pick in the upcoming draft, you might find yourself thinking about the talented players the team might be missing out on during those rounds. Well, the compensatory draft formula might provide some relief to those who are concerned.
BTSC local compensatory draft pick expert, Dave Schofield, had this to say about the Steelers getting extra draft picks in the upcoming draft.
“Dupree is still a fourth-round pick but his snap counts are climbing and he’s right on the cusp of being a third. And Joe Haeg has fallen out of the equation due to being under 25% of the snaps.
“With Haeg dropping out, that puts the fifth from Feiler back in play. Right now it’s a 4th and a 5th with possibly being a 3rd & 5th.”
When you consider what the Steelers’ potentially having an extra third round pick and a fifth round pick, it eases the blow of the most recent transactions.
There are still a lot of factors in play here, so be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they prepare for the Chicago Bears in Week 9 of the 2021 regular season.