As we inch closer toward the 2021 NFL Draft more and more information gets out to the general public. This time it’s that the Green Bay Packers are looking to make a deal and move up in the first round. Combine that with Steelers General Manger, Kevin Colbert not quite answering a question about trading back, and we might just have the perfect partner right in front of us.
The Packers are desperate to land a receiver, and currently hold the 29th pick in the first round. But, with the Baltimore Ravens and a New Orleans Saints selection in front of them, the Packers need to get past 27 to make this a reality. The Browns (26) and Jaguars (25) are both teams which I'd imagine don’t want to trade down, so the best available option lands on the Steelers. The Steelers have a plethora of holes on the roster, and depending on who’s available when it’s their time to pick, should 100% be interested in trading back.
Building the parameters of the trade, to me, are quite simple. The Packers send their first round pick (29), their third round pick (92), and their sixth round pick (214) for the Steelers’ first round pick (24), and their second fourth round pick (140). Under most draft pick evaluation charts the trade is a perfect match. The Packers would be able to scoop up Rashod Bateman or Elijah Moore, and the Steelers add a much need top-100 pick and another late selection on Day 3. Everybody wins, and, best yet, they both play in opposite conferences.
Cynthia Frelund of NFL.com compiled a list of ‘win-win trades’ for the draft using her metrics, and included the Steelers Packers swap. Here’s what she had to say on the deal
This would be a neat little deal for either team to pull off. The only negatives I can think of is watching the Browns and Ravens select ahead of the Steelers, who we all know tries to draft similarly to the Steelers’ model. But if the Steelers want more picks that's exactly what they’re going to have to do.
But what do you think? Are the Packers the perfect trading partner with the Steelers in the 2021 NFL Draft? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.