3 trade-down possibilities for Steelers in the 2022 NFL Draft
By Shayne Kubas
Jaguars trade picks 33, 70, and157 for Steelers picks 20 and 208 and 2023 sixth-rounder
The Jaguars have gone all in this offseason to rebuild their roster after back-to-back seasons with the first overall pick. They spent over $200 million in free agency with huge deals for Christian Kirk, Brandon Scherff, Foyesade Oluokun, and several others. Despite the spending spree, Jacksonville still has plenty of holes they could be looking to fill.
They invested heavily in the receiver position, but they could still use a true outside receiver to pair with their signings. If Chris Olave especially falls to 20, I think Jacksonville would jump at the chance to come up for him. Even Treylon Burks could be a fit as a moveable piece for Trevor Lawrence and the offense.
This move would mean dropping out of the first round entirely for the Steelers, but they would now have the extra picks to move back into the first if they see a good opportunity. If not, they would now have four premium picks in the top 100 to work with. They would be able to address the secondary and the receiving core with those picks and still have picks later to take chances on developmental prospects.
The Steelers trading back may seem unlikely right now, but come draft day, the board could easily not fall the way they hope. Instead of forcing a pick, they should listen to all offers to accumulate picks. With how much the AFC as a whole has improved, the Steelers must focus on plugging as many gaps in the roster as possible. The best way to accomplish that is with a move down the board.