Steelers Draft: Opposing team trade scenarios benefit Pittsburgh

Apr 26, 2023; Kansas City, MO, USA; Signage promoting the NFL Draft at the Kansas City International
Apr 26, 2023; Kansas City, MO, USA; Signage promoting the NFL Draft at the Kansas City International / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Draft day is a day away, and we wonder if the Pittsburgh Steelers will trade out of the 17th pick. However, could trades between other teams actually work to the Steelers benefit?

We know it’s a consideration of Omar Kahn’s, and he has talked to other teams, but no deals have been made. However, what trade moves could be made by other teams in which the Steelers could benefit, allowing them to get the player they want without having to expend any or very little draft capital?

The Jets- Packers trade benefits the Steelers

One trade has occurred, which helps the Steelers somewhat. That was the trade between the Packers and the Jets. The Packers move to the 13th spot, and the Jets move back to the 15th selection. While this trade does not clear the road to free up any offensive tackles from being selected before the Steelers, it makes the Packers another trade partner besides the Bears.

The key here is it would cost the Steelers more to trade up to the 9th selection than it would to only move up four spots. Thus, the Steelers could potentially trade up to the 13th spot and keep both second-round selections, whereas a trade with the Bears would almost guarantee they lose one of their 2nd-round selections. A trade with the Packers would generally mean the Steelers will get Broderick Jones, and the Bears will more than likely take Paris Johnson.

A Titans trade-up benefits the Steelers

While this may not happen, it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities. While the Titans need offensive line help it’s not beyond the pale that They could trade up to get Anthony Richardson or Will Levis. It’s been speculated. Even the Raiders have hinted at the possibility of trading up for one, but we don’t know how credible that is.

However, here is what could happen. If the Titans make a move up, it would be with either Seattle or Detroit. That would eliminate one potential offensive lineman going off the board. At this point, the Bears could take Paris Johnson; however, according to some rumors, they may not opt for Johnson Kopronski could be their guy in that he helps the passing game and has more versatility on the offensive line than Johnson.

If the Bears do like Skoronski better than the other linemen, then the Steelers benefit in that they do not need to trade up, and the Jets take either Johnson or Jones, and the Steelers have one of the offensive linemen they like fall to them without trading at all.   

A Bears trade back that could benefit the Steelers

There have been many rumors the Bears may trade back, and the Steelers are one of the teams they are in discussions with. We also know the Bears may be considering trading back with the Commanders, but that wouldn’t help the Steelers.

However, would the Bears trade back, say with Tampa Bay, if they wanted to make a play for a quarterback if Anthony Richardson or Well Levis is on the board at the 9th pick, or if they want Bijan Robinson and fear he might go before they pick? The question is would the Bears consider trading back beyond the 17th pick? It’s hard to think they would and risk missing out on getting a lineman, but it’s not entirely out of the question.

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We only know that anything can happen on draft day; teams like to wheel and deal in the first round. Who knows, maybe some other trade comes out of left field that helps out the Steelers. However, a trade is always possible, which does not help them out. Suffice it to say no one has a clue as to what will happen and who the Steelers will end up getting.