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Old 04-26-2011, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default Will Steelers trade the 31st pick?

Will Steelers trade the 31st pick?
April, 25, 2011
Apr 25 2:30 PM ET

By James Walker
PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers held their annual pre-draft news conference at the team's training facility on Monday.

As expected, Pittsburgh didn't reveal its draft plans. But director of football operations Kevin Colbert did say the Steelers will be open to trading the No. 31 overall pick in the first round this week.

"The pro scouts will be going through their calls to touch base with every team and see who's interested in trading up and trading down," Colbert explained. "We always tell them we can go either way, and we will depending on who's still available at the top of that first round we might want to go up and get. ... But if there's offers for our picks, we will certainly look at the possibility of going down."

If the Steelers opt to trade in the first round, history suggests the Steelers could be more likely to move up to get a player they covet. The Steelers have held a first-round pick every year since Colbert took over in Pittsburgh in 2000. Where Pittsburgh currently sits at No. 31, a trade down would end that streak in the first round.

Colbert has moved up in the past to draft players such as safety Troy Polamalu (2003) and receiver Santonio Holmes (2006). But who are some players the Steelers may feel are worth trading up for this year?

Could it be Florida guard/center Mike Pouncey, who is the twin brother of Steelers Pro Bowl center Maurkice? What about a cornerback, since that is Pittsburgh's biggest need with top corner Ike Taylor being a pending free agent? Offensive tackles also are valuable in the draft.

After an uneventful offseason, we will get draft answers on the Steelers and other AFC North teams starting on Thursday night.
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Default Re: Will Steelers trade the 31st pick?

I can see some sense in this, if the FO has decided that CB is the highest priority, then if an offer comes in from someone picking high in Rd 2, then a rd 2 and a rd 3 in exchange might be worthwhile given that there are some decent CB options projected for the top half of the 2nd round.

That said, the last time we traded out of the first was the 1960's, so odds against it I think, unless the cards fall right and we get a very good offer.
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