Could the Steelers trade into the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft?
With no pick in this year’s NFL Draft until the second round, is there any chance of the Pittsburgh Steelers trading into the first round to grab a top prospect?
Thanks to trading for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers won’t make their first selection in the 2020 NFL Draft until the second round.
The Steelers should be very satisfied with the production they got out of Fitzpatrick last year, so it appears that giving up a first-round pick was worth it. However, Pittsburgh now has to wait until 48 players are off the board before they can make their first selection in this week’s draft.
If there’s a prospect who catches their eye, however, is it possible that the Steelers could attempt to figure out a way to trade into the first round?
This is the first year Pittsburgh hasn’t had a pick in the first round since 1967, so this isn’t something the franchise is used to. But at the same time, the Steelers have been able to land some very talented players in the second round during the last few years including Le’Veon Bell and JuJu Smith-Schuster.
So at the very least, Pittsburgh should feel good about their abilities to add talent in the second round of the draft.
The main problem is that even if the Steelers wanted to trade back into the first round this year, they don’t really have the ammo to do it. With only six picks (including none in the fifth round), Pittsburgh would likely have to include one of their current players in a trade package to move into the first round.
This is possible, but it doesn’t seem very probable. Of the players who could earn them a first-round selection, it’s hard to imagine the Steelers being comfortable parting with any of them.
So for anyone who is still holding out hope for Pittsburgh to find their way into the first-round festivities on Thursday, keep the expectations low because the black and gold likely won’t be adding any new players in this year’s draft until the second round on Friday.