It says, be careful what you wish for, because you can just get it. Pittsburgh Steelers fans often complain about the conservatism of the front office when it comes to “drafting” and getting around, but you’ll struggle to find a fan of the craft they did yesterday.
“We changed our choice for the fourth round in 2022 so that we can make Isaiah Ludermilk this year,” explained general manager Kevin Colbert. “In doing so, just to address the commercial part of it, we are almost certain that we will have some kind of compensatory choice in this fourth round. We will never know exactly what this will be. “
“We just wanted to go back to the fifth round this year, especially when a man like Isaiah was available,”
The “problem,” so to speak, is that Loudermilk is not a player that many people have boarded. In fact, many project analysts – who take their value for what you want – had even designed it as a priority free agent. But the Steelers saw the defensive edges go overboard and a long way to their next choice.
“In Isaiah’s case, there weren’t many defensive commanders involved in this project,” Colbert said. “Obviously, they have started to be elected, so we were ready to trade with a peak next year, because we are almost certain that we will have some kind of compensatory choice.”
“Trading back in the fifth round with a future pick, we didn’t want to leave a defender like Isaiah Ludermilk there so we could put this young man in this place, I think it was just indicative of the people we were available for. “
However, the young man from Wisconsin enters a crowded defensive line, which returns all seven players who were on the list of 53 people a year ago, from Cameron Hayward, Stephen Tweet and Tyson Alualu, to Chris Warmley, Carlos Davis, Isaiah Bugs and Henry Mondo. Most likely, more than one of this second group of names will not be on the list of 53 men, with Loudermilk.
Needless to say, it would be a bad look if Loudermilk didn’t end up making the list after Colbert swapped a future fourth round to get it. But they liked him enough and felt strong enough about the depth of the position that they were comfortable making the move. Let’s see how they play. I don’t expect a young Cameron Hayward, but you never know.