NFL 2015 Draft: Steelers Trade Rumors With Titans, But For Who?


The Steelers might be ready to make a move at the top of the second day on Friday by dealing with the Tennessee Titans in a trade.

Several outlets, including Adam Schefter have reported that the Titans are courting several teams to a trade – one of them being the Steelers.

It’s a bold move, one that will cost the team a pretty penny, and I’m feeling a bit uneasy about it.

They would obviously swap second round picks, and the Steelers could be on the hook for an additional two picks. If the trade happens, hopefully one or both will be deferred to next season. They need the amount of picks now, this year.

So who are the Steelers so desperate for that they would trade so much away in order to guarantee that player doesn’t get wrestled away from their grasp? This is the very first pick of the second round we are talking about. Not pick 34 or 35, but 33. I’d say that’s desperate…. or maybe determined.

Landon Collins comes to mind. The safety out of Alabama was slated to go in the first round and was passed over for a truck load of offensive talent instead. Somehow, things are still uncertain about how Shamarko Thomas will pan out.

If the Steelers feel that Collins is the next great safety, they may go for him and let Thomas continue to develop or be a viable backup.

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Collins doesn’t quite fit well for me with this defense since he is a more in-the-box kind of safety, and that’s what makes me nervous about such a costly trade.

Minnesota TE Maxx Williams is another possibility. Williams is the best in this class of TE’s, and the Steelers need to find a joker TE to compliment Heath Miller. Miller will soon exit this team, and they will need the heir to his spot.

I’m a little better with a trade for Williams. I like his style of play, and he has the skill sets to be an up and coming Heath Miller. It is a bit of a reach to trade that far up for him, but there are certainly some teams within picks 34-45 who could take him.

Pitt’s OT T.J. Clemmings is another possibility. I speculated earlier today that the Steelers could take Jake Fisher in the second round, but Clemmings is certainly the better tackle and fit for the Steelers offensive line.

Let me remind everyone that Kelvin Beachum is a free agent at season’s end. Mike Adams is the lone tackle backup and is also a free agent in 2016. Marcus Gilbert is struggling over the last two seasons. The options are thin.

The Steelers could nab Clemmings who could allow Beachum to move to the interior and Clemmings start on the blind side.

Nebraska’s edge rusher Randy Gregory is still out there after sliding all night long over his reported failed drug test and question of maturity. Character apparently counts in the first round – Gregory was one of many who slid due to personal issues off the football field.

If the Steelers are really in love with his talents, they might make the move. This one would outright make me vomit all over my living room floor. The trade is too costly to go after another edge rusher and one with character issues on top of that.

Kevin Colbert did talk at length to the media about how character ‘issues’ get conflated and misinformation is spread around prior to the draft. That may have been his preemptive ploy for Marcus Peters, but it could also justify reaching for someone like Gregory.

Who do you think the Steelers would trade up for?

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