5 realistic trade back options for Steelers in first round

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New Orleans Saints:

Steelers get picks 28 and 60 for pick 24 and James Washington

The Saints have two primary needs this season that need to be filled in the draft, those being a cornerback and a receiver. They could kill two birds with one stone here, as they could trade up for a solid corner while also landing a capable starting receiver in James Washington. This would give their new-look offense quite the overhaul while also aiding their need at cornerback.

The value would have to be right though, as giving up a second-round pick is a hefty price to pay. That said, getting a starting capable corner like Caleb Farley on top of a starting receiver fills both of the Saints’ primary needs. Instead of trading a third to move up, they bump that pick up to their second in order to land a talented and young receiver.

As for the Steelers, this trade would be a win for a few reasons. For starters, they would only be moving back a handful of spots and they would be gaining a second-round pick. While Washington is good depth and can start, he isn’t likely to be signed after this season so getting something for him is a plus. The team would still have a deep receiving group which could be bolstered with a rookie from an extremely deep receiver class. This trade would be a huge win for a Steelers team in need of a few high-round draft picks.

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While the Steelers don’t have a strong history of trading back, 2021 makes a lot of sense for the team to do so. With so many needs, gaining additional picks would help the team find quality options to fill the holes on the roster. Keep these five trades in mind as the team gets ready to draft their rookie class this weekend.