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What does past practice tell us about the Steelers approach in the upcoming NFL Draft?

In this article, we’re going to break down the Steelers’ recent drafts by position and round, looking for evidence we can use to identify their drafting approach. By studying the success they’ve had in drafting individual position groups, and in the rounds in which they’ve targeted these groups, we can examine both past practice and what it might mean when considering a draft strategy for 2021.

To begin, let’s examine the data. Here’s a breakdown by round and position group of all of the Steelers’ selections from 2015-2020:

The Steelers have made 45 picks over the past six years — 26 on defense, 18 on offense and one (the immortal Colin Holba) on special teams.