The Pittsburgh Steelers continued their franchise’s streak of not selecting a prospect in the supplemental draft, opting against taking anyone in this year’s edition, which wrapped up moments ago.
The Arizona Cardinals were the first to take a chance, selecting top prospect FS Jalen Thompson with a 5th round selection. That will forfeit their 5th round pick in the 2020 draft.
Thompson was considered the best player in this small pool of players so his selection was of no surprise. The Cardinals and Green Bay Packers were some of the teams showing the most amount of interest in him. Thompson picked off six passes the last two seasons while playing for Washington State. The Steelers didn’t seem to be serious contenders, not sending anyone to his workout a few days ago. If they want to add to their shaky safety depth, they’ll have to sign a free agent or make a trade during the preseason. Both still seem like possibilities.
The only other prospect with a chance to get taken was West Virginia WR Marcus Simms. He was not picked in the draft and becomes a free agent, able to sign with any team. Given the Steelers depth at receiver, it’s hard to see Simms wanted to sign, even if he’s a local kid. He’ll join a short list of other players not taken. If any of them sign with the Steelers, we’ll let you know.
As we said at the top, Pittsburgh has never taken a player in the supplemental draft. After dealing a 2020 third round pick as part of the Devin Bush trade, Kevin Colbert likely wasn’t eager to part with another future selection.