Steelers Acquire No. 10 From Broncos

We have a trade! The Broncos have traded the No. 10 pick to the Steelers, reports Ross Tucker of The Athletic (via Twitter). Pittsburgh has used the pick to select Michigan linebacker Devin Bush.

In exchange for the 10th-overall pick, the Broncos acquired three draft selections. ESPN’s Field Yates tweets that the Steelers will send Denver No. 20, No. 52, and a 2020 third-rounder.

Bush will provide the Steelers with a talented three-down linebacker who they can immediately insert into their starting lineup. Bush has shown an ability to thrive in both man-to-man and zone coverage, and he also flashed some pass-rushing prowess during his tenure at Michigan. The 20-year-old followed up a breakout 2017 campaign with another impressive season in 2018. Bush ultimately finished the year having compiled 41 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and 4.5 sacks.

The Steelers currently have two former first-rounders, T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, slotted in as starting linebackers. Bush will likely occupy one of the two inside spots alongside either Vince Williams or free agent addition Mark Barron.

Despite the offseason addition of veteran Joe Flacco, there were whispers that the Broncos could end up selecting a quarterback with the 10th pick. The team could still end up taking a signal-caller at No. 20, where a number of prospects should still be available. Either way, the trade allows the team to add some much needed depth.

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19 comments on “Steelers Acquire No. 10 From Broncos

    • DaBeav

      Not really an over pay. The Steelers have the 2nd pick in the 3rd round(Oak) and they’ll get a Comp pick for Bell next year. Works out for Denver as well. Win-Win

    • jnlaughlin

      It was a lot but they have the extra picks to make the deal… I wouldn’t be surprised if they make another deal to get back in the 2nd round if a player they like is available…

      And in the end they get a Top 8 player in a position of great need that they would never be able to get when they usually pick…

    • jkoms57

      Haha what not taking an elite linebacker you could’ve used?

      Steelers fans are still in shock they got this guy.

  1. padam

    Overpay, however the Steelers have always been serious winners when their linebacking core has been at the level of great.

    • steelerbravenation

      Especially when we had LB that weren’t picked in the 1st round by them. In the last super bowl teams Farrior was a 1st round pick of the Jets.
      Harrison was a UFA. Timmons was a failed 1st round pick as a outside rusher but got moved inside and thrived.

      • I give no fox

        So these guys with first round talent turned out to be first round talents

    • jkoms57

      How’s it an overpay when there was a huge drop off in talent after this pick?

  2. 2012orioles

    Filled a huge need. They’ve had success drafting linebackers and not much success drafting corners, which they probably would’ve drafted had they stayed at 20. I like it

    • steelerbravenation

      They have not had success drafting for need. Great success drafting for best player available.
      Colbert for every Watt had a Jarvis Jones and Bud Dupree has been a suspect pick Shazier was a great pick
      Ike Taylor, Keenan Lewis, Bryant McFadden, William Gay were all corners drafted by the same guy that drafted Artie Burns, Dorian Grant, Sutton etc
      See the correlation every one of those were reaches
      Watt, Shazier, Worldlis, Timmons goes with Alonzo Jackson, Bud Dupree, Bruce Davis & Jarvis Jones
      Everybody needs to see it for what it is they need to draft football players not workout warriors
      Best player available not reach for a need

  3. BringBackDunkeroos

    How is this an overpay? Moving up 10 spots in the first round comes at a price. They gave up a 2nd round pick that’s on the back half of the round, however they have the second pick in the 3rd from the Raiders to make up for it. And they give up a 3rd next year, but will get back a 3rd for losing Bell to free agency. No big deal with giving up those picks to get the player they need.

  4. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    When you fill a need that you have zero chance of winning without filling, there is no such thing as an overpay.

    • jkoms57


      Look at the bright side.. at least we didn’t draft future XFL player Greedy Williams

  5. madmanTX

    Great trade. gutsy. Haven’t done something like this since Polamalu and look how that worked out.

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