NFL Draft 2011: No Chance That Pittsburgh Steelers Trade Up in First Round
Trading Up Might Sound Like a Possibility For Pittsburgh Steelers, but it Won't Happen
Everyone has an opinion on what the Steelers should do with the 31st pick, and I'm not talking about which player they should select. Rather, there are three camps; those who think they should trade down, those who think they should select the best available with the 31st pick, and those who want them to trade up.
The one I don't understand is the final camp. If that is conditional on trading up to get Pouncey, than that's fair enough, but otherwise there is no reason for them to trade up in the first round.
The Sporting News is divided on this themselves. Russ Lande says they should stay at 31, while Vinnie Iyer believes they are strong candidates to trade up, saying:
"The Steelers are strong candidates to trade up. If they like a special player, such as Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green or Alabama's Julio Jones, they won't be afraid to do so. Either would be an exciting eventual replacement for Hines Ward."
That doesn't sound like the Steelers to me. In a draft class with a defensive pool as deep as this one, they would trade down to maximize the prospects rather than trade up. Moving up to grab a wide receiver would be silly anyway.
Would the Steelers draft a wideout? That's a story for another day. Would they trade up to grab someone not named Pouncey? Absolutely not.
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