There have been some big changes in the last week for the NFL from a draft perspective. The league handed out compensatory picks for every team who qualified. Compensatory picks are given as compensation for free agents who were lost without compensatory signings from the season before.
If a team loses sufficient players and fails to re-sign adequate talent, the league gives them selections between the third and seventh round.
These picks are expected to be commensurate to the players lost. This year, the Pittsburgh Steelers were fortunate to land three picks, including the golden egg that is a third-round pick. The Steelers were also awarded an additional fifth-round selection as well as an additional sixth.
Here's how the Steelers' picks break down as of now:
- First Round-15th pick overall
- Second Round-46th overall
- Third Round-97th overall (compensatory pick)
- Fourth Round-118th overall
- Fifth Round-157th overall
- Fifth Round-173rd overall (compensatory pick)
- Sixth Round-192nd overall
- Sixth Round-215th overall (compensatory pick)
- Seventh Round-230th overall
With nine picks, including three in the Top 100, it would stand to reason the Steelers might want to make some moves. Compensatory picks cannot be traded, but Pittsburgh does have adequate ammunition to move up if there was a player they coveted.
However, if they stay put, they have the opportunity to bring in plenty of young athletes to help this team win. Here is a latest projection for all nine of the Steelers’ picks, with some immediate impact players.