3 Steelers who must be on the trade block during the 2023 NFL Draft
By Tommy Jaggi
The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to face some difficult decisions early in the 2023 NFL Draft. One of those will be deciding to stand pat with the 17th overall pick or trying to move from that spot.
Before the chaos takes place, Omar Khan and Mike Tomlin need to decide which players should be on the trade block once the draft kicks off.
Looking at their current roster construction, there are some players who have suddenly become expendable thanks to Pittsburgh's free agent moves, and fetching late-round capital for these players could be in the team's best interest. Here are three players the team should shop for during the NFL Draft.
3. Levi Wallace should be on Steelers trade block
In his first season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2022, Levi Wallace started 9 of 15 games and recorded 4 interceptions. This is a great time to sell high on the former Bills cornerback. While Wallace was serviceable last season, it's hard to argue that he was anything more than that.
When we look at more advanced stats, Wallace surrendered 15.9 yards per completion while allowing 8.4 yards per target when quarterbacks looked his way. These are cringeworthy numbers at the position, and we've seen that he just doesn't have the speed or quickness to stick with defenders.
Because he has been very healthy in his career, Wallace holds more trade value than a player like Ahkello Witherspoon. However, Witherspoon is projected to be a starting cornerback for Pittsburgh as it stands, and he could be the better player if he can finally stay healthy.
It's incredibly likely that the Steelers look to draft a cornerback in the first two rounds this year, which would essentially bump Wallace down on the depth chart. Because of this, the team might be able to use the veteran CB to move up a few spots on Day 2 or recuperate a late Day 3 pick in a trade while saving $4 million in the process.