Steelers could use a first-round pick to acquire Smith
The first trade is the most basic of the packages. As stated earlier, I have Smith’s trade value slightly higher than Fitzpatrick’s value when he came over from Miami, so he will have a slightly higher cost. The Steelers gave up a first-round pick along with swapping their fifth and sixth-round picks for a fourth and seventh-round pick from the Dolphins.
There is no swapping here, as the Steelers give up their first and fifth-round pick and receive just Smith in return. It has yet to be seen how new GM Omar Khan values draft picks, but this would be quite the hefty deal. Next year will be Khan’s first-ever draft as general manager, and it would be quite the aggressive trade to give up his top pick.
Roster-wise, it is also hard to justify using a first-round pick when the team has two starters currently at the position. Sure, Smith is an upgrade over both, but is just an upgrade worth spending a first-round pick on a player? If the Steelers do decide to pursue Smith, I expect them to try and add some players into the mix.