The Pittsburgh Steelers are the only NFL team with an exactly .500 record entering the final two weeks of the 2021 season. Thanks to their tie with the Detroit Lions, the Steelers are 7-7-1, and that has them on the outside looking in to the AFC playoff picture.
That also has the Steelers right in the middle of the 2022 NFL Draft field. As things stand entering the final two weeks of the regular season, the Steelers would have the No. 15 overall pick in next April’s draft.
The last time the Steelers drafted that highly was in 2019, when they traded up to get Devin Bush at No. 10. The last time they drafted 15th or better with their own pick was when they took Ryan Shazier at No. 15 in 2014. The Steelers haven’t had a pick inside the top 10 since 2000, when they took wide receiver Plaxico Burress at No. 8 overall.
That number could change a bit, though, depending on what transpires over the season’s last two games. The Steelers could still make the playoffs, and the bottom 14 picks are determined by playoff exit order.
They could also fall to 7-9-1, which could move them into the draft’s top 10. Current No. 9 pick Washington is 6-9, and they and ever team behind them could still finish better than the worst-care scenario for Pittsburgh.