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Steelers Trade Up To Get Bush

The first trade of the 2019 NFL draft lifted Pittsburgh from 20th to 10th, swapping with Denver.

April 25, 2019 - 10:43 pm

The first trade of the 2019 NFL draft lifted Pittsburgh from 20th to 10th, swapping with Denver.

The Steelers, with all-time great Joe Greene making the announcement, then selected Michigan linebacker Devin Bush — a player apparently coveted by AFC North rival Cincinnati at No. 11.

Denver now has the 20th spot, the 52nd overall pick, and a third-rounder in 2020.

Pittsburgh doesn't often make such bold moves in drafts, but after missing the playoffs last season, and with Ryan Shazier unlikely to play again because of a severe injury, getting Bush was a key to rebuilding the defense.