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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Mississippi Rebels quarterback Matt Corral (2) . Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers trade scenario #3

Perhaps a move-up that far in the first is not in the cards, or maybe the Steelers have their interest in another, less touted quarterback. They could sit pat through the top ten and wait to see what players end up falling. Odds seem high that Pickett and Willis will both be off the board within the top-15 picks in the draft, but after that, the quarterback field seems wide open.

A name that is clearly on the Steelers radar is Matt Corral, as the team was present at Ole Miss’s pro day for him. His value seems to be somewhere in the second half of the first round, and the team may feel comfortable with him as their franchise passer. That said, assuming Corral made it past the first 15 picks, the Saints could be all over him just two picks ahead of Pittsburgh. Thus, a smaller trade-up would mean ensuring Corral is taken.

This move is far less expensive than the major trade-ups already projected. The Chargers have the pick before the Saints, and if Corral is there, they would be the trade target. They move back three spots and pick up the Steelers third-round pick. This would be a logical trade-up if they wanted to ensure Corral is the pick. A third-round pick is valuable but landing who you want at quarterback is more important.