There’s nothing more unpredictable in the NFL draft than a trade. They happen quickly, in the moment. In most cases, they have to do with either a particular player being regarded so highly a team cannot pass on him, or a player it covets has fallen further than anticipated.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are sitting on nine selections. And of those nine, six of them can be traded. This is because compensatory picks cannot be traded, and Pittsburgh was awarded three. This gives Pittsburgh some ammo to make a move up if need be.
However, in talking about trades, Pittsburgh could just as easily start the draft with a move back, accumulate an extra pick or two and then use them to maneuver on Day 2 of the draft.
But how exactly are draft trades determined? How is the value established? Well, former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson came up with a trade value chart during his tenure in Dallas that is still used on some level today. Here’s a version of the chart, courtesy of ProFootballTalk.
The chart gives a value to each pick so that teams can create packages that balance, indicating something of a fair trade. It is far from a perfect system, but as a gross template, it works.
Here’s a look at four moves the Steelers could realistically make during the NFL draft.