Like the rest of the NFL, the Pittsburgh Steelers have unveiled their 2023 NFL Draft hat. And I’m not going to lie, it looks pretty cool.
The team’s Pro Shop Twitter account shared a photo of the hat Monday morning.
It fits the same style as the rest of the league, the Steelers name in large bold print across the front with their logo in the middle. A little messy, maybe, but still pretty cool overall. Judging by the responses to that tweet, the fanbase likes it.
Every year, the league picks a theme and unveils a specific hat for draft season. It’s another reminder of how large the draft has gotten, a marquee event that draws more eyeballs than games of other professional sports leagues. In 2022, over 10 million people watched the first round of the draft, now a prime-time event on Thursday and Friday night after it used to be a weekend marathon.
More importantly than a new hat, the Steelers have a new GM leading this year’s draft. This is Omar Khan’s first draft season replacing Kevin Colbert, not hired until after the 2022 version. Pittsburgh’s other key decision-makers, Mike Tomlin and Art Rooney II, remain in place but this will be Khan’s first crack at it. He’ll have plenty of picks at his disposal, picking at #17, #32, and #49. Active in free agency, the team has plenty of options and flexibility. Pittsburgh currently holds seven picks in the draft but are without a fifth- or sixth-round selection. It’s possible Khan tries to fill that gap sometime during the draft with a trade.
The 2023 NFL Draft kicks off April 27th, one month from today, and runs through the 30th. Pittsburgh will hold its rookie minicamp two weeks after that, the first chance to look at the Steelers’ new class.