Steelers Draft: Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan have 3 scenarios in mind for Round 1

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Scenario #2: Steelers stand pat for Wright or Porter Jr.

Pittsburgh's next scenario is the fallback option if they can not find a trade partner to move up high enough to get Paris Johnson. In this scenario, they will not trade up and stay at 17. If they stay here, they will wait and see if, by a strange twist of fate, Paris Johnson falls to the 17th selection.

If Johnson does not fall as expected and is taken in an earlier selection, then the Steelers have two players they are prepared to take depending on availability. They will take either Joey Porter, the cornerback from Penn State, or Darnell Wright, the offensive tackle from Tennessee. If one is on the draft board and one is not, it’s a cut-and-dry situation. However, if both are still on the draft board when the Steelers select, then it’s hard to tell their preference.

While a trade up to the 9th pick seemed their best viable trade-up option, the Packers swapped picks with the Jets in the Aaron Rodgers. This opens the door for the Steelers to get Paris Johnson or Christian Gonzales should any of them fall past pick 11 or Broderick Jones. Hence they can get a player they want and expend less draft capital by swapping to 13 rather than trading up to the 9th pick. The Steelers unexpectedly gain the most with the Jets' trade for Aaron Rodgers.

There is an outside possibility Deonte Banks falls into this scenario if Porter and Wright are not on the board at their 17th pick. However, it’s more conjecture that he is a possible selection under this scenario.