4 realistic trade scenarios for Steelers to draft a top QB

Malik Willis #7 of the Liberty Flames. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
Malik Willis #7 of the Liberty Flames. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Photo by Logan Whitton/Getty Images) /

Steelers trade scenario #1

The first one is the most obvious and, likewise, the most expensive. There are two teams in the top ten that seemingly don’t need a quarterback and may want to move back. Both also just so happen to be from New York. The first pick in question is the Jets, who possess both the fourth and tenth overall picks in the first round.

If the Steelers want to have their pick at quarterback, they will have to move ahead of the Panthers at pick six. The Jets would accomplish that, and more than likely the team would have their choice of either Kenny Pickett or Malik Willis. If the team has a clear choice between the two, they will have to be aggressive in the move up.

The compensation is a lot. Frankly, it has to be. The Steelers lose both their first this year and next as well as their second-round pick this season. In return, the Jets move back 16 spots and also throw in a fifth-round pick on top of the deal. The cost is heavy, but if the team genuinely believes that either Pickett or Willis is a top prospect, it will be a move that they have to make.