2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Pittsburgh Steelers Could Trade Up For

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2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players the Pittsburgh Steelers Could Trade Up For
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The Pittsburgh Steelers usually do not make much noise on draft day, but if there is a player that they covet, they are not afraid to make a move.

Since Kevin Colbert took over the front office in 2000, the Steelers have traded first round draft picks three times.

Pittsburgh traded their first-round selection (No. 16) to the New York Jets for their first- (No. 19), fourth- (No. 111) and sixth-round (No. 181) choices as they were able to drop down three spots to draft Casey Hampton.

The Steelers traded up twice, including a major trade in 2003 when they sent their first- (No. 27), third- (No. 92) and sixth-round (No. 200) selections to Kansas City for their first-round (No. 16) pick to lock down Troy Polamalu.

Then in 2006 the Steelers traded their first- (No. 32), third- (No. 96) and fourth-round (No. 129) for the New York Giants first-round (No. 25) selection to draft Santonio Holmes.

That is very good work by Colbert. The Steelers landed a franchise nose tackle that centered their defensive line for a decade, a potential Hall of Fame safety and a Super Bowl MVP wide receiver.

Pittsburgh needs to add young talent and could use all of their draft picks, but if a situation presents itself for the Steelers to move up in the draft to acquire a potential game-changer, they should jump on the chance.

Here are five players who the Steelers could trade up for if given the opportunity.

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