Steelers “very comfortable” not having first-round draft choice

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The Steelers don’t have a first-round draft choice this year. The last time they didn’t make a first-round pick was 1967.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert is just fine not having a first-round choice.

That’s because the team traded its top pick to Miami for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who made the Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro honors in 2019.

The timing has worked out well for the Steelers, with teams unable to meet with prospects and most pro days canceled. Colbert attended only one pro day before the NFL imposed travel restrictions.

“Quite honestly, we’re very comfortable not having a first-round pick this year, especially when it’s in the form of Minkah Fitzpatrick replacing that first-round pick,” Colbert said Tuesday, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Under the current circumstances, the uncertainty of the player you might be taking and to not have all the information you had in the past, I’m a lot more comfortable knowing we got an All-Pro player with that pick.”

Colbert said the Steelers did most of their evaluations during the college football season. The team will begin video/audio interviews with draft prospects Thursday.

“It’s not as good as sitting down in person with the guy, but we’ll make the most of it,” Colbert said.

The Steelers currently have only six choices in the April 23-25 draft.

17 responses to “Steelers “very comfortable” not having first-round draft choice

  1. This makes no sense. You could have drafted Fitzpatrick in this year’s draft under the ROokie Cap.

    You got fleeced.

    It’d be one thing if you were one good Safety aware from a SB ring in 2019, but you weren’t and aren’t.

    AGain, makes no sense. You wasted the pick and now will pay 3-4 times the amount in the process with Fitzpatrick.

    These GMs are complete morons.

  2. Man i dont see any regret here… The Dolphins made a bad choice picking the Steelers… the Steelers made a good choice risking a 1.. So i see no regret… a huge win for the Steelers…

  3. There is no doubt that Fitzpatrick is a special player that can give them 5 or 6 all pro years. Steelers have a window of 1 to possibly 3 years to get something done. Will see if they can pull it together for one more run.

  4. BuckyBadger says:
    March 31, 2020 at 8:29 pm
    There is no doubt that Fitzpatrick is a special player that can give them 5 or 6 all pro years. Steelers have a window of 1 to possibly 3 years to get something done. Will see if they can pull it together for one more run.

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    lol!!

    Flores diagnosed the one dimensional cancer and unloaded it.

    Fitzpatrick didn’t want to be moved around to help disguise coverages. Speaks volumes. And when Saban tells BB (or Flores) to stay away frrom a Bama player, that’s what you do.

    Leave it to Pittsburgh with their low iq “look at me” players to think they hit the jackpot.

    They sound like Elway after a draft where he calls his picks “steals”.

    Sweet gm work! bwahah

  5. firstdownbrowns says:
    March 31, 2020 at 8:21 pm
    what else would they say ?

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    Oh I don’t know, something like “we’d love to have one as the Rookie Cap keeps costs down but I have been so bad drafting on defense, I needed to patch a serious problem after signing someone as horrible as Mike Mitchelll or drafting CB, Artie Burns.”

  6. A first round pick would be useful if one were in the market for a QB.
    But then again, Mason Rudolph is the QB of the future, right?

  7. Happy for Fitz if he’s actually happy now. He wasn’t in Miami and just not up for the rebuild process Flores was putting him through. It put a lot on him that was for him just too much. Good get for the Steelers and the 16th pick for Miami should work too.

  8. steelcurtainn says:
    March 31, 2020 at 8:51 pm
    Minkah Fitzpatrick is their first round pick and he’s well worth it.

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    You just don’t get it. He traded for him and used a pick which means he wasted a 1st rd pick due to horrible secondary drafting for years and years and years.

    Name the last great pick in the secondary Colbert has made:

  9. Heck Fitzpatric only cost 2 mill last year. Getting the 10th pick in the
    draft for less than 7 mill for 3 years plus a 5th year option is pretty good.
    But since it’s the steeler’s it’s stupid. It’s really hard to have an intelligent
    conversation on this site.

  10. You got hosed. In 2 years you will have to pay him top salary. So you can say its like picking him in the 1st round but in reality you get about 5 years with a player before he breaks your salary cap not just 2.

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    March 31, 2020 at 8:39 pm
    firstdownbrowns says:
    March 31, 2020 at 8:21 pm
    what else would they say ?

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    Oh I don’t know, something like “we’d love to have one as the Rookie Cap keeps costs down but I have been so bad drafting on defense
    __________

    Almost as bad as the Pats are at drafting WRs.

  12. ylawspick6 says:
    March 31, 2020 at 8:08 pm
    This makes no sense. You could have drafted Fitzpatrick in this year’s draft under the ROokie Cap.

    You got fleeced.

    It’d be one thing if you were one good Safety aware from a SB ring in 2019, but you weren’t and aren’t.

    AGain, makes no sense. You wasted the pick and now will pay 3-4 times the amount in the process with Fitzpatrick.

    These GMs are complete morons.

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    Clearly you don’t understand what happened. They got him in year 2 of his rookie deal, which he will continue to play under. Oh, and by the way, Minkah was 1st team ALL-PRO with the Steelers last season.

  13. I think it worked out great! Fitz made All-Pro…the D was way better with him…he’s still early in his rookie contract. The Steelers probably would have at least considered drafting him had he been available at the time he was drafted by the Dolphins. Sure, they traded away a #1 draft choice, but look at what they got..a #1.

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