Steelers draft picks 2023: Every selection Pittsburgh has in April
By Tommy Jaggi
With the 2023 NFL Draft just around the corner, it's time for Pittsburgh Steelers fans to buckle up and dial in. Over the past several weeks, we can take comfort in knowing that Mike Tomlin and Omar Khan have been busy on the Pro Day scouting trail while Khan and Andy Weidl balance their time with a big focus on free agency this year.
There's still a lot of work that needs to be done and a lot of evaluation that needs to take place in the days and weeks leading up to the NFL Draft. It's important to know where the Steelers stand and just how much draft capital they have to work with this year.
Though Pittsburgh has had plenty of drafts with more total picks than they do this year, their selections near the top could prove to be extremely valuable. Here is a look at each Steelers draft pick in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft, per Tankathon:
Every Pittsburgh Steelers draft pick in 2023:
- 1st round, pick 17 overall
- 2nd round (via CHI), pick 32 overall
- 2nd round, pick 49 overall
- 3rd round, pick 80 overall
- 4th round, pick 120 overall
- 7th round, pick 234 overall
- 7th round (via MIN), pick 241 overall
Seven total picks in seven rounds isn't ideal. Many teams are awarded picks toward the compensatory formula -- increasing their total number of selections -- but the Steelers are lacking in this department. In 2021, for example, Pittsburgh owned nine total picks in the NFL Draft, and other teams in recent years have entered the draft with ten or more picks.
Because of past trades, the Steelers are missing their original fifth and sixth-round selections. The good news is that they own three picks inside the top 50 this year. Picks 17, 32, and 49 could prove to be very valuable, as Pittsburgh could potentially find starting-caliber players with these picks.
It's also very possible that the Steelers look to trade back early in the draft. This goes against historic draft trends, but Kevin Colbert is no longer here and assistant GM Andy Weidl has done this in the past with the Philadelphia Eagles. Because Pittsburgh owns the top pick of the second round, they will have a day to field numerous offers from other teams and make a decision on whether or not to move back.
If they elected to do so, Pittsburgh could probably pick up another late-day-two pick as well as an additional selection or two on day three. This will be something that they consider on draft day, as they are a bit short on total selections.
As of now, these are the seven selections for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the upcoming 2023 NFL Draft. With some elite draft capital this year, Omar Khan and Andy Weidl will have a chance to reshape this roster for the future.