Steelers rule out drafting a quarterback or tight end
By Scott Brown
Monday, April 23, 2007
The Steelers have ruled out taking a quarterback or tight end in the first round of the NFL Draft Saturday. They have left open the possibility of just about anything else, including trading disgruntled guard Alan Faneca for extra picks.
The Steelers have nine picks in the draft, including No. 15 overall, and director of football operations Kevin Colbert said today that the crop of players is deep enough that he'd like to have more picks.
He said the Steelers will talk with every team in the league about trade possibilities as is standard, and he figures to get some inquiries about Faneca.
The Pro Bowl guard skipped mini camp over the weekend and is apparently unhappy with his contract situation.
"You never mention a player's name unless you're sure that player's not going to be with you," Colbert said regarding the possibility of moving Faneca, "because if that player's name gets out in trade talk and you don't trade him now you've got a problem on your hand."
Colbert said the Steelers have identified 15 players that they would take with first-round draft choice. He said the Steelers would be more likely to move down in the draft than up as they did last year when they made a trade so they could select wide receiver Santonio Holmes with their first-round pick.