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One of the trends for Pittsburgh is that they are shirking free agency to build through the draft as they work to get out from under some heavy contracts.
That’s a great way to build a younger, more talented, deeper roster, but the Steelers don’t have the picks to do it right now.
The easiest way to make the most of what they have is to use the 17th overall choice as a bargaining chip on draft day. Once a team is hungry for a specific player, sell the pick to them for as many draft choices as they’re willing to surrender.
There’s no big need to have a first-round choice. Keenan Allen will be available late in that round and possibly at the top of the second round. If Pittsburgh misses out on him, they could always draft Stedman Bailey in the second or third round.
If Pittsburgh can pick up multiple mid-round selections, it will be worth the price of missing on the first-round players. In the end, the Steelers will need to have around 10-12 selections to really make a marvelous impact on the roster.