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2023 NFL Draft

Tomlin: Steelers Still ‘Open for Business’ in First Round



Steelers HC Mike Tomlin

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers may have moved up the board to go and grab Broderick Jones, but that doesn’t mean that they are necessarily done just yet on Thursday night.

Mike Tomlin declared that Pittsburgh is still ‘open for business‘ as the day rolls along and the draft rolls into the 20s. While they have talked lot about trading back from No. 32, for the right player, could they move up the board? That seems to be something that could be possible.

Pittsburgh mentioned they were apprehensive about trading anything more than a day-three pick, so that would likely entail them giving up future draft capital in the 2024 NFL Draft. There are some players falling down the board that the Steelers could end up grabbing if they moved up. That includes Joey Porter Jr., Jordan Addison, and Deonte Banks as players who are still on the board.

The Steelers had options at cornerback, wide receiver, and defensive tackle in the first round, but chose to protect and improve their investments in their last two picks, drafting Jones to block for 2021 first-rounder Najee Harris and protect 2022 first-round pick Kenny Pickett. So, what could ‘open for business’ mean at this juncture?

Maybe, just maybe, Pittsburgh ends up making some shocking move that could get them two first-round picks. We’ll see if any of that idea actually manifests itself as the night rolls along and towards its end.