The Steelers are trading up in the NFL Draft to go up and get the guy that they could potentially want at No. 14, as they traded No. 120 and No. 17 for the No. 14 pick of the New England Patriots.
With the move, they only gave up on their fourth-round pick and ended up landing Broderick Jones. That allows them to now still have three day two picks with the No. 32, No. 49, and No. 80 overall picks. That comes out about as even on the draft value chart and means that Pittsburgh did not have to give up much. In fact, it appeared that Jones would have gone in the next pick to the New York Jets had they not made the trade.
After Paris Johnson, Darnell Wright, and Peter Skoronski came off the board, the run on tackles was strong and swift. That forced Pittsburgh’s hand and made them move up the board. It was reported throughout the week that the Steelers were looking for a left tackle and wanted to move up, now they did just that.
All those above besides Wright predicted to be left tackles at the NFL level and would likely represent immediate upgrades over Steelers incumbent, Dan Moore Jr, and Jones provides that. The terms of the deal are cheap, and it is the fourth trade executed by teams thus far in the NFL Draft on night one.