5 players Steelers will no longer consider in the 2022 NFL Draft

Northern Iowa offensive lineman Trevor Penning (OL38). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Northern Iowa offensive lineman Trevor Penning (OL38). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Arkansas Razorbacks wide receiver Treylon Burks (16). Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports /

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a very specific way of doing business, and these five prospects will no longer be options when they are on the clock.

We would like to think that every great football player remaining on the board will be in play at pick 20 when the Pittsburgh Steelers are on the clock in the 2022 NFL Draft. Sadly, history has shown us that this just isn’t the case.

Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert have certain rules that they live by when it comes to selecting a player in the first round — rules that are hardly ever broken. In the months leading up to the NFL Draft, we are able to use the process of elimination to figure out which prospects will no longer be on Pittsburgh’s draft radar. Here are five players the Steelers will not select in the first round of the NFL Draft, based on historic trends:

Steelers won’t draft WR Treylon Burks

Treylon Burks was never a player who was deemed high on Pittsburgh’s draft radar (though I wouldn’t yet rule out wide receiver entirely. Burks already had a disadvantage of being drafted by the Steelers due to playing for Arkansas — a school that is well outside of Colbert’s typical scouting region.

Now we can cross Burks off the board entirely as a first-round option. At Arkansas Pro Day, only area scout Mark Gorscak was on hand. This is not a good sign. The fact that Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert did not attend is really all you need to know, as they have not selected a player since at least 2010 that they did not meet with at their Pro Day.

The nail in the coffin for Burks’s chances of coming to the Steelers was that Tomin and Colbert weren’t even at any other Pro Day on March 9th. They simply decided that he was never a player they were going to consider with the 20th overall pick.