Kevin Colbert on trading up in draft: You never want to just give up a pick

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The Steelers own 10 picks in this year’s draft after dealing wide receiver Antonio Brown and tackle Marcus Gilbert this offseason and some might wonder if that will make them likelier to package some picks in order to move up the board for a player they covet in April.

General Manager Kevin Colbert fielded that question during a Sunday session with reporters from the league meetings and predictably did not rule out anything with the draft a month away. He also pointed out trades to move up in the first round that netted safety Troy Polamalu and wide receiver Santonio Holmes as signs of the Steelers’ willingness to pull the trigger when the moment suits them.

Colbert also provided the flip side of that by pointing out that a late pick thrown into a package could turn out to be a player as valuable as Brown.

“Anytime you’re talking about trading draft picks, I never just use, it’s a three and a six, because that six might be Antonio Brown,” Colbert said, via the team’s website. “You say, just throw in a seventh. Well, that seventh might have been Brett Keisel. So you never just want to say, it’s a pick. You try to associate a player you could get with those picks. And you go back in history and look at what you got with certain picks, but then you also project who you might be turning away from in a given draft.”

The Steelers have two picks in the third round and three in the sixth along with one selection in each of the other five rounds.

10 responses to “Kevin Colbert on trading up in draft: You never want to just give up a pick

  1. He’s right. The only sure way to get a high-high pick is to lose a lot of games. Even then, you might end up with an Andrew Luck or you might end up with a Ryan Leaf or a Johnny Manziel. It’s such a crap shoot. The most important offensive player of the last two decades was a sixth-round pick. I’m all for moving up a few spaces if you see a Troy Polamalu on the board. But it’s too big a gamble to give up a lot for one unproven player.

  2. Colbert, I will offer you this. You have been incredible in drafting WRs and somewhat sort of LBs in years past. With that being said, you have been absolutely HORRENDOUS in drafting Secondary help since Troy Polamalu. Please, please, please do not draft a DB or Safety if you are not 100% positive. Go best available player if there is any doubt. 45 year Steelers fan here.

  3. No way are ten rookies making this team this year. So if you can move up by using the extra 3rd or 6th round picks then they shouldn’t be afraid to do that. Provided the player they are moving up for is a top tier prospect. The Steelers do not need quantity, they need quality at three or four positions.

  4. Colbert is trying to fluff up the value of a 6th round pick by saying “it could be the next Tom Brady”.. in today’s game, a 6th round pick is darn near worthless. A fringe of the roster/special teams contributor 99 times out of 100. If a team wants to move up.. like 10-15 spots in the first round.. they need to be prepared to cough up a future 1st. Otherwise they can sit back and wait their turn.

  5. I get that. You never want to pass on studs like Artie burns, Sammie Coates or Bud Dupree. Go screw up the cap again Colbert. Let someone else whiff on the draft.

  6. But he’s perfectly happy just giving up All Pro players like Bell and Brown. Interesting strategy.

  7. theshieldisajoke says:
    March 24, 2019 at 8:53 pm
    But he’s perfectly happy just giving up All Pro players like Bell and Brown. Interesting strategy.

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    Steeler hater logic.

    While Bell and AB are on team : “ Colbert and Tomlin lost control of the locker room, look at AB twerking.”

    Bell and Brown aren’t Steelers anymore: “ Colbert and Tomlin let players like Brown and Bell just go for nothing, they lost control of the locker room.”

  8. tedmurph says:
    March 24, 2019 at 8:38 pm
    I get that. You never want to pass on studs like Artie burns, Sammie Coates or Bud Dupree. Go screw up the cap again Colbert. Let someone else whiff on the draft.

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    No he’s more or less talking about missing out on players like JuJu and James Connor, Pouncey, Decastro, Heyward, Roethlisberger, Polamalu, Ike Taylor, players like that, all pros drafted by Colbert 🙂

  9. That’s the smart way to run a team. The Steelers are working on their 7th super bowl, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they have the right philosophy.

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