4 takeaways from Steelers pre-draft press conference with Kevin Colbert

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We could see a trade back this year if the value calls for it

No matter which players you are eyeing for the Steelers in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, this would be a decision that almost all fans could agree upon. With Pittsburgh having a number of significant needs without a lot of early draft capital, picking up an extra second or third-round pick to move back in the draft would be ideal this year. Fortunately, it sounds like this could be a possibility on draft day if the circumstances call for it.

Colbert admitted that the team has not run through ‘mock drafts’ for about 12 years now. Instead, the Steelers front office runs through each selection in the draft as if they are the ones making the pick each time. What they will need to determine is whether or not they deem any player worthy of the 24th overall selection this year.

If the Steelers are not comfortable with what they are looking at with the 24th pick, Colbert admitted that the team is open to trading back. Colbert went as far as to say that they ‘won’t discount’ trading with teams in their own division if the compensation was right. Though a trade back could result in missing out on some of our favorite early prospects (or even a fifth-year option if the team moves back to the top of the second round) the extra draft capital could prove to be very beneficial this year.

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Overall, Kevin Colbert’s statements left us with a lot of questions about which players they could be sizing up in the first round, but it’s good to know that the team isn’t content with just narrowing in on one position this year. Whatever they decide to do, let’s hope they choose wisely on draft day.