Steelers GM Omar Khan will talk to 'all 31 teams' about trading up or down

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If you were wondering whether or not the Pittsburgh Steelers would be interested in trading up or down in the 2023 NFL Draft, you don't need to keep guessing. After weeks of speculation that this team could look to make a draft-day trade, Omar Khan confirmed that this is something that is certainly on the table.

During Khan and Mike Tomlin's pre-draft press conference, the new Steelers general manager was asked whether they would consider making a draft-day trade. Khan did not rule out the possibility; rather, he embraced the chances of it happening.

The Steelers GM insisted that, come Thursday, the Steelers will have talked to 'all 31 teams' about either trading up or back in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Most likely draft trades Steelers could make

Judging the by the language that was used and the hints given during the pre-draft presser, it sounds like there's an excellent chance that the Pittsburgh Steelers could be trading away the number 32 overall pick. This is a scenario we have explored at Still Curtain numerous times over the past several months.

The Steelers were essentially gifted this pick after trading Chase Claypool to the Bears and witnessing a monumental collapse by Chicago over the second half of the season. The Bears' original second-round pick is the top selection on Day 2 of the NFL Draft, and the Steelers will have an entire day to field offers for this pick.

The most likely scenario here seems to be a trade back from pick 32 to accumulate more draft capital (the Steelers do not own a fifth or 6th-round pick this year). This is the feeling I got from the presser.

The other likely option sounds like moving up for an offensive tackle. ESPN's Todd McShay already confirmed that Pittsburgh has had conversations with the Bears (pick 9) and Titans (pick 11) about what it would take to move up. This would presumably be for one of the left tackle prospects (likely Paris Johnson Jr. or Broderick Jones).

However, doing so would at least require packaging pick 17 and pick 49 together (with perhaps a future pick thrown in as well).

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It will be up to Omar Khan, Andy Weidl, and Mike Tomlin to decide whether or not a draft-day trade is worth pursuing. At the very least, we know that the Pittsburgh Steelers are more than willing to move up or back in the 2023 NFL Draft if a favorable situation presents itself.