6 players Steelers should trade for before training camp

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Detroit Lions offensive tackle Tyrell Crosby (65) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports /

Tyrell Crosby

Before the draft, it seemed like Tyrell Crosby was set to take on a starting role for the Lions at right tackle, as his impressive play made him the natural option to start. Then, Penei Sewell fell to the Lions in the draft, and he has quickly overtaken Crosby on the depth chart. While he would be a fine swing tackle, the Lions appear set to trade him if the right offer comes in as his contract expires after this season.

Now, the Steelers have a similar situation at tackle with Chukwuma Okorafor this season, as he projects to start as he enters the final year of his rookie deal. While he hasn’t been horrible, Crosby has shown far more as a starting tackle. If the Lions wanted to keep their depth along the line strong and still have a capable swing tackle, the team could essentially swap players and draft picks.

Crosby doesn’t have a lot of value given his contract expires after this season, but lineman still fetch a decent price on the market. If the Steelers aren’t confident in Okorafor, they could flip him and say a third-round pick in exchange for Crosby and a fourth from the Lions. This would be a win-win trade, as the Steelers get an upgrade at starting tackle while the Lions move up in the draft and maintain great depth along their line. While not a must happen, if the team could execute a trade like this the line could be set up for more success in 2021.