The Pittsburgh Steelers will not have a first-round draft pick any higher than the No. 19 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft after qualifying for the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the AFC late on Sunday.
The final 14 picks of the draft order are determined by the order of finish in the postseason, so the Steelers’ actual slot will not be determined until they are eliminated.
If the Steelers lose to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, they will pick no worse than No. 20. Pittsburgh is currently a 13.5-point underdog to Kansas City in that game.
The only team that can also be eliminated in the first round that has a worse record than the 9-7-1 Steelers is the 9-8 Philadelphia Eagles. If the Steelers lose and the Eagles and win, the Steelers would pick 19th. If Pittsburgh loses and Philadelphia loses, the Steelers would pick 20th.
If the Steelers beat the Chiefs, they will pick somewhere later than No. 25 in the first round.
The NFL Draft keeps the same order for every round, so the Steelers will pick in each subsequent round in roughly the same position as they do in the first round.
The 2022 NFL Draft will be held at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 28-30.