Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 3/2/13
It seems like every year leading up to the NFL Draft, all of us fans are hoping that the Pittsburgh Steelers trade down in the first round and accumulate more picks. It seems like it would interest any team, let alone the Steelers, to be able to gain more draft picks and still get a solid player with their first selection. The only problem is that the Steelers hardly, if ever, trade their first round pick and in fact the team has only traded within the first round four times since 1990. In that span they have traded up twice in the first round to take S Troy Polamalu 2003 and WR Santonio Holmes 2006, and down twice to take NT Casey Hampton 2001 and TE Eric Green 1990. Most of us see what teams like the New England Patriots have done in the draft, which is trade down almost every single year, and wonder why every team doesn’t use that strategy. The reality is that the Steelers are just very secure in their own scouting and confident that they are making the correct decision where th...
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