Steelers History Of Trading Draft Picks In Kevin Colbert Era

I was asked last night via Facebook about the possibility of the Steelers trading up from #31 in the 1st round of the upcoming NFL draft to perhaps target a cornerback or offensive lineman they might covet and all though I really do not know how to best handicap that other than saying the Steelers have not been opposed to trading both up and down on draft day. To better illustrate this I researched out the trades that Steelers Director of Football of Operations Kevin Colbert has made since taking the reins in 2000 and it is fun to look at both the draft day trades and the players acquired on both sides of trades. See the table below. Information compiled from Pro Sports Transactions.

YearTrade Explanation
2001Traded Down – Traded 2001 first round pick (#16 – Santana Moss) to Jets for 2001 first round pick (#19 – Casey Hampton), 2001 fourth round pick (#111 – Mathias Nkwenti), 2001 sixth round pick (#181 – Rodney Bailey) on 04-21-2001
2001Traded Up – Traded 2001 second round pick (#50 – Dominic Raiola), 2001 fourth round pick (#112 – Carlos Polk) to Patriots for 2001 second round pick (#39 – Kendrell Bell) on 04-21-2001
2003Traded Up – Traded 2003 first round pick (#27 – Larry Johnson), 2003 third round pick (#92 – Julian Battle), 2003 sixth round pick (#200 – Brooks Bollinger) to Chiefs for 2003 first round pick (#16 – Troy Polamalu) on 04-26-2003
2004Traded Up – Traded 2004 second round pick (#44 – Bob Sanders), 2004 fourth round pick (#107 – Kendyll Pope) to Colts for 2004 second round pick (#38 – Ricardo Colclough) on 04-24-2004
2004Traded Player For Pick – Traded Troy Edwards to Rams for 2004 sixth round pick (#194 – Matt Kranchick) on 08-30-2004
2005Traded Player For PickTraded Todd Fordham to Panthers for 2005 seventh round pick (#228 – Shaun Nua) on 09-04-2004
2006Traded Up – Traded 2006 first round pick (#32 – Mathias Kiwanuka), 2006 third round pick (#96 – Gerris Wilkinson), 2006 fourth round pick (#129 – Guy Whimper) to Giants for 2006 first round pick (#25 – Santonio Holmes) on 04-29-2006
2006Traded Down – Traded 2006 second round pick (#64 – Tarvaris Jackson) to Vikings for 2006 third round pick (#83 – Anthony Smith), 2006 third round pick (#95 – Willie Reid) on 04-29-2006
2007Traded Up – Traded 2007 fourth round pick (#119 – Allen Barbre), 2007 sixth round pick (#192 – Desmond Bishop) to Packers for 2007 fourth round pick (#112 – Daniel Sepulveda) on 04-29-2007
2008Traded Down – Traded 2008 fourth round pick (#123 – Bryan Kehl) to Giants for 2008 fourth round pick (#130 – Tony Hills), 2008 sixth round pick (#194 – Ryan Mundy) on 04-27-2008
2009Traded Down – Traded 2009 second round pick (#64 – Richard Quinn), 2009 fourth round pick (#132 – Seth Olsen) to Broncos for two 2009 third round picks (#79 – Kraig Urbik) (#84 – Mike Wallace) on 04-25-2009
2009Traded Player For PickTraded Sean Mahan to Buccaneers for 2009 seventh round pick (#226 – A.Q. Shipley) on 09-02-2008
2010Traded Player For PickTraded Santonio Holmes to Jets for 2010 fifth round pick on 04-11-2010
2010Traded Pick For Player – Traded 2010 fifth round pick (#155 – John Skelton) to Cardinals for Bryant McFadden, 2010 sixth round pick (#195 – Antonio Brown) on 04-24-2010
2010Traded Pick For Player – Traded 2010 seventh round pick (#225 – Syd\’quan Thompson) to Buccaneers for Byron Leftwich on 04-20-2010

 

Steelers Draft History Under Kevin Colbert (2000-2010)

2010 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
118Maurkice PounceyCFlorida
252Jason WorildsOLBVirginia Tech
382Emmanuel SandersWRSouthern Methodist
4116Thaddeus GibsonOLBOhio State
5151Chris ScottOTTennessee
5164Crezdon ButlerCBClemson
5166Stevenson SylvesterILBUtah
6188Jonathan DwyerRBGeorgia Tech
6195Antonio BrownWRCentral Michigan
7242Doug WorthingtonDEOhio State
2009 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
132Evander HoodDEMissouri
3a79Kraig UrbikGWisconsin
3b84Mike WallaceWRMississippi
3c96Keenan LewisCBOregon State
5a168Joe BurnettCBCentral Florida
5b169Frank SummersFBNevada-Las Vegas
6205Ra\’Shon HarrisDEOregon
7a226A.Q. ShipleyCPenn State
7b241David JohnsonTEArkansas State
2008 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
123Rashard MendenhallRBIllinois
253Limas SweedWRTexas
388Bruce DavisILBUCLA
4130Tony HillsTTexas
5156Dennis DixonQBOregon
6a188Mike HumpalLBIowa
6b194Ryan MundySWest Virginia
2007 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
115Lawrence TimmonsILBFlorida State
246LaMarr WoodleyOLBMichigan
377Matt SpaethTEMinnesota
4a112Daniel SepulvedaPBaylor
4b132Ryan McBeanDTOklahoma State
5a156Cameron StephensonGRutgers
5b170William GayCBLouisville
7227Dallas BakerWRFlorida
2006 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
125Santonio HolmesWROhio State
3a83Anthony SmithDBSyracuse
3b95Willie ReidWRFlorida State
4a131Willie ColonTHofstra
4b133Orien HarrisDTMiami
5a164Omar JacobsQBBowling Green
5b167Charles DavisTEPurdue
6201Marvin PhilipCCalifornia
7240Cedric HumesRBVirginia Tech
2005 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
130Heath MillerTEVirginia
262Bryant McFaddenCBFlorida State
393Trai EssexTNorthwestern
4131Fred GibsonWRGeorgia
5166Rian WallaceLBTemple
6204Chris KemoeatuGUtah
7a228Shaun NuaDEBrigham Young
7b244Noah HerronFBNorthwestern
2004 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
111Ben RoethlisbergerQBMiami (OH)
238Ricardo ColcloughCBTusculum College
375Max StarksTFlorida
5145Nathaniel AdibiLBVirginia Tech
6a177Bo LacyTArkansas
6b194Matt KranchickTEPenn State
6c197Drew CaylorCStanford
7212Eric TaylorDTMemphis
2003 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
116Troy PolamaluSSouthern California
259Alonzo JacksonLBFlorida State
4125Ike TaylorCBLouisiana-Lafayette
5163Brian St. PierreQBBoston College
7242J.T. WallRBGeorgia
2002 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
130Kendall SimmonsOGAuburn
262Antwaan Randle ElWRIndiana
394Chris HopeDBFlorida State
4128Larry FooteILBMichigan
5166Verron HaynesRBGeorgia
6202Lee MaysWRTexas-El Paso
7a212LaVar GloverDBCincinnati
7b242Brett KeiselDEBrigham Young
2001 Steelers Draft
Round Overall Player Position College
119Casey HamptonNTTexas
239Kendrell BellILBGeorgia
4111Mathias NkwentiTTemple
5146Chukky OkobiCPurdue
6a181Rodney BaileyDEOhio State
6b182Roger KnightLBWisconsin
7218Chris TaylorWRTexas A&M
2000 Steelers Draft Picks
Round Overall Player Position College
18Plaxico BurressWRMichigan State
238Marvel SmithOTArizona State
3a72Kendrick ClancyDTMississippi
3b77Hank PoteatCBPittsburgh
4103Danny FarmerWRUCLA
5a137Clark HaggansOLBColorado State
5b163Tee MartinQBTennessee
6a173Chris CombsDEDuke
6b204Jason GavadzaTEKent State

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  • WASteel

    Hmm, that’s really interesting.. So what I read in this is trading down was a bust. We sometimes still got one good player we wanted but the extra picks didn’t help. Yet when we traded up we much more often hit on the picks and got very good value out of it (except colclough).

  • steeler junkey

    Thank you for the intesting info. Overall it looks like for the most part the Steelers did very well in their player selections when trading up. and not so well when tading down.

  • NW86

    I like the draft history, it’s interesting to see how they have panned out…how about that 2007 draft class – not too shabby, eh?? And 2010 looks like it could be equally impressive, although a lot remains to be seen about some of those players.