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The Steelers Could Technically End Up With Two 1st Round Picks In April’s Draft

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The Steelers Could Technically End Up With Two 1st Round Picks In April’s Draft

This season has not been the norm for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The organization is starting a first-round rookie quarterback in Kenny Pickett for the first time since 2004, when Ben Roethlisberger took the helm, has a record of just 3-7, and sits at the bottom of the AFC. Barring an absolute miracle, Mike Tomlin‘s group will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2019 and have some serious decisions to make in the off-season. The front office was a small seller at the deadline, trading wide receiver, Chase Claypool to the Chicago Bears for a 2023 second round pick and that has the potential to open an awesome opportunity for Pittsburgh.

Former Steelers WR Chase Claypool now with the Chicago Bears

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Chase Claypool practices with his new team, the Chicago Bears for one of the first times after being traded. | MaryKate Drews/Chicago Bears

Steelers’ Omar Khan Absolutely Swindles Bears By Trading Chase Claypool For 2nd-Round Pick

The deal is already starting to shape its way in favor of the Steelers. Claypool has just five catches for 32 yards in three games with the Bears. Chicago has an extremely run heavy offense focused on elusive quarterback, Justin Fields‘ mobility. When the deal first occurred, many thought that Pittsburgh’s end of the deal would be receiving the Baltimore Ravens second round pick that they gave up to acquire linebacker, Roquan Smith. That wasn’t the case and general manager, Omar Khan was able to secure the Bears’ own second round selection.

The 2023 NFL Draft will have a bit of a wrinkle in it next year. The Miami Dolphins were forced to forfeit their 2023 first round pick after the franchise violated league policies that had to do with the integrity of the game.

While still under contract with the New Orleans Saints, former head coach, Sean Payton was contacted by Miami to discuss his interest in coaching in South Beach while still under contract. This is one of the reasons for the damaged relationship between the Dolphins’ former head coach and current Pittsburgh defensive assistant, Brian Flores and the franchise. Regardless of where the Dolphins land in the draft order, there will only be 31 first round selections as opposed to the normal 32.

Steelers Brian Flores

Pittsburgh Steelers Senior Defensive Assistant/Linebackers coach Brian Flores participates in the Organized Team Activities (OTAs), Tuesday May 31, 2022 at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. (Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers)

Chicago currently sits at third in the 2023 draft order while Pittsburgh is seventh as of Week 11. Taking a look at the schedules of the current first overall holder, the Houston Texans, second in line, Carolina Panthers and the Bears, it’s not out of the question to assume that the windy city may have the top pick in next year’s draft. If Houston can pull off two wins, the organization would sit at 3-13-1. Lovie Smith’s team could absolutely win two against the following: the Cleveland Browns, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts (Week 18).

The Panthers need to just get one victory to secure four wins and have to play Pittsburgh, the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions. It gets extremely interesting in the battle for the first overall pick when one dives into what the Bears are looking at down the stretch, especially because Fields’ injury has been labeled day to day, but a season-ending injury has yet to be ruled out by the franchise.

Their upcoming schedule is quite brutal as Chicago will take on the New York JetsPhiladelphia EaglesBuffalo Bills, Lions and Minnesota Vikings. Even with their emerging quarterback as the starting signal caller, no one can be convinced that each remaining game won’t be chalked up as a loss over the next month and a half. If those scenarios play out, the Bears could end up  at 3-14 and with the first overall selection for the first time since 1947.

Steelers Omar Khan

Omar Khan is introduced as the Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager at a press conference at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, Friday, May 27, 2022 in Pittsburgh, PA. (Karl Roser/Pittsburgh Steelers)

As previously stated, the normal first round has 32 total picks. Next year, it will be a bit different with the Dolphins’ forfeited pick. Regardless of where the Steelers end up in the draft order, securing the 32nd overall pick is not out of the question given the remaining schedules and situations surrounding the current top three. Given Claypool’s lack of production and last year being the last on his rookie contract, it could end up being the ultimate steal by Khan. He could even trade up in round one with his own first rounder and Chicago’s pick. He has great options.


Is the Claypool trade already shaping up to be a win for the Steelers? Let us know in the comments below!




  1. Adam

    November 23, 2022 at 7:49 am

    It was addition by subtraction!
    The fact we got so much back was a huge win the moment it happened!
    Only winning Claypool is hearing is the lyrics to “All I Do Is Win” at practice.

  2. Ray

    November 23, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Its great that the Steelers will most likely end up with high draft picks but the reality is Tomlin will still be head coach and most likely those picks will become non-productive head cases.

  3. Char

    November 23, 2022 at 9:15 am

    I’m still confused as to how we could end up with another first round pick without trading for one… Am I missing something?

    Also, we currently have the 9th pick in the draft not the 7th. The tie-breaker for draft order is SoS.

  4. Michael Toland

    November 23, 2022 at 9:37 am

    If the Bears manage to get the 1st pick then the Steelers get the 32nd pick. technically 1st round since there will only be 31 1st round picks due to the Dolphin’s forfieture.

  5. Mo

    November 23, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    You’re an idiot

  6. Billy

    November 23, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Wow you must be dumb. It’s very much a second rounder, you get that right? They won’t have the 5th yr option that first round picks have. Why? Because it’s a second round pick. Since they traded for – wait for it – a second round pick.

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