5 veterans the Steelers may trade and what they may get back

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Joe Haden (23).
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Chukwuma Okorafor #76 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

What Steelers could get for Okorafor

Projected compensation: 2022 5th round pick

The Steelers trading away Chukwuma Okorafor would be contingent on the health of rookie Dan Moore Jr., but assuming he is ok to play after the bye week, one has to think his roster spot is in question. While Okorafor has been far from great as a starter, the fact of the matter remains that offensive linemen have an immense amount of value in the league. Teams regularly send backups for sixth and seventh-round picks. Okorafor is more than that.

While he has had his struggles, Okorafor can still start for a team in a pinch. As well, he could fill in as a swing tackle for a team if need be. A contending team that is weak at tackle could add a new face in Okorafor and get a small boost to their line. As for the Steelers, they would rely on the returning Zach Banner at right tackle while Joe Haeg would reprise his job as the swing tackle.

I think a fifth-round pick would be a safe value, and a desperate team could send as high as a fourth if the situation was perfect. Assuming Moore is good to go, that would be a hard offer to turn down. The Steelers could turn them soon-to-be backup tackle into a valuable draft pick next year. It’s a move that they should be looking into at this point.