The Steelers may benefit from three additional rounds of the NFL draft
When I read that Kevin Colbert had suggested adding three additional rounds to this year’s draft, I was initially confused. I understand that, given the current state of affairs in our country, it would be difficult, at best, to hold a draft in its current format, but the draft has consisted of 7 rounds for at least the last 25 years or so.
As I thought about it, I realized that the Steelers have had success in the later rounds of the draft, specifically after the 7th round. The margin for error, as Colbert pointed out, would be mitigated, to a degree, by adding three additional rounds.
The question, for me, is this: If the NFL agrees to add three additional rounds to this year’s draft and we draft a future Hall of Famer in rounds 8, 9 or 10, what does that say about our ability to evaluate talent? Were we hoping that future Hall of Fame player would drop to round 8, 9 or 10? Why not take said player earlier in the draft?
Honestly, I think it would be an interesting exercise to expand the draft to 10 rounds for this year and see how teams fare with the extra picks. Who knows, it may get the ball rolling, so to speak, on future discussions about expanding the draft.
Regardless of what happens, the Steelers had better be prepared for a 7-round draft with little to no margin for error.