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Live at Steelers headquarters: Steelers trade up to No. 10, select Devin Bush

Chris Adamski
Michigan linebacker Devin Bush poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Bush in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville.
Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray waves after the Arizona Cardinals selected Murray in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Nick Bosa of Ohio State poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #2 overall by the San Francisco 49ers during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Kyler Murray of Oklahoma hugs NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Devin White of LSU poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being chosen #5 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Kentucky linebacker Josh Allen poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Allen in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Duke quarterback Daniel Jones poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the New York Giants selected Jones in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after the New York Jets selected Williams in the first round at the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

12:11 a.m.

Thanks for following along all evening on what was something of a historic draft for the Steelers — trading into the top 10.

Joe Rutter’s story on the pick:

Jerry DiPaola’s capsule on Bush:

Tim Benz’s look at Devin Bush’s fashion choice:

Look for Kevin Gorman’s commentary soon. As well as more from Tim in the morning at Breakfast. Plus much, much more all day about the draft Friday on TribLive.

We’ll leave you with what seems to be firing up Steelers Nation the most:

12:02 a.m.

Here is Devin Bush’s official NFL draft profile. This is his official bio from the University of Michigan. And here is the official press release on his draft from the Steeelers.

11:55 p.m.

That’ll do it. New England takes Arizona State’s N’keal Harry as the first round’s Mister Irrelevant.

Only two wide receivers went in the first round (none among the top 24 picks) and just one cornerback. Two positions of need for the Steelers, who hold the 66th and 83rd picks tomorrow — as things stand now. That’s pending any trades they make; trading up is still possible considering the Steelers still have eight choices to go in the six remaining rounds.

11:45 p.m.

The first cornerback is off the board: Georgia’s Deandre Baker goes at No. 30 to the New York Giants. Again, with no second-round pick, the fact a glut of cornerbacks that remain on the board means little to the Steelers.

11:41 p.m.

The Giants jump back in to take a third first-round pick that their fanbase will hate.

11:09 p.m.

Here is Antonio Brown, in simpler times when he was still a Steeler, after making the 90-minute drive down to Morgantown to watch his cousin’s Oklahoma Sooners beat West Virginia from the sideline.

11:04 p.m.

The Ravens take Antonio Brown’s cousin, “Hollywood.” That’s Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown. That came one pick after Antonio Brown’s Raiders passed on him.

10:46 p.m.

Outside of the Steelers, the AFC North has been rather quiet on the opening of the draft. The Cleveland Browns were absent from the round, and had no apparent inkling of trading up into it. The Cincinnati Bengals — perhaps stung by the Steelers trading up to one spot ahead of them to take Devin Bush — settled for a guard in Jonah Williams at 11th overall. Williams might end up a very good player, but a guard rarely moves the proverbial needle.

Now, the Ravens are up at No. 25.

10:46 p.m.

Safety Darnell Savage from Maryland goes No. 21 to the Green Bay Packers. He was a player the Steelers really liked. It was probably foolish to think he would have fallen to the back end of the second round anyway, but obviously that was rendered moot by dealing the pick.

10:43 p.m.

With the Steelers’ original first-round pick, the Broncos take a player who was linked to the Steelers there in Iowa tight end Noah Fant.

10:09 p.m.

A thread of tweets on reaction from Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert on the drafting of Devin Bush:

9:55 p.m.

In all seriousness about the non-Steelers portion of the draft, another QB is off the board.


10:00 p.m.

9:55 p.m.

Oh yeah, a bunch of other players were picked by other teams over the past half hour.

9:55 p.m.

9:5o p.m.

9:45 p.m.

Sounds like somebody Yinzers will take to well:

9:41 p.m.

Three of the previous top-1o draft picks the Steelers have made went to the Hall of Fame: Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw, Rod Woodson.

9:37 p.m.

This is the highest in the draft the Steelers have drafted a player since 2000 when WR Plaxico Burress was taken No. 8 overall.

Devin Bush joins Burress, RB Tim Worley (No. 7 overall in 1989), CB Rod Woodson (No. 10 in 1987), G John Rienstra (No. 9 in 1986), WR Frank Lewis (No. 8 in 1971) and QB Terry Bradshaw (No. 1 in 1970) as Steelers top-10 picks over the past 50 drafts.

9:35 p.m.

The officials on the trade: The Steelers give up their second-rounder this year and a third-rounder in 2020 to move up from No. 20 to No. 10 overall tonight to take Bush.

9:34 p.m.

Bush isn’t quite as quick as Ryan Shazier, but he is a similar sideline-to-sideline, three-down inside linebacker.

9:28 p.m.

Mean Joe announces the rarest of picks: a top-10 Steelers pick.

And it is indeed Michigan inside linebacker Devin Bush. Wow.

9:27 p.m.

It’s ON. The Steelers trade up to No. 10.

Is this mean Devin Bush is headed to The Burgh?


The Buffalo Bills take a player who, if he had a High School Yearbook photo caption, would say “Most Likely To Turn Into Aaron Donald,” Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

Next up is the Denver Broncos. We are now up to No. 10, which begins to enter the territory that the Steelers could trade up into.

9:14 p.m.

Six weeks after signing the proud alum of South Allegheny and Penn State, Jesse James, to a $25 million contract, the Detroit Lions take a tight end with a top-10 tight end in T.J. Hockenson.

The Buffalo Bills are on the clock.


The Jacksonville Jaguars take a defensive player who is bound to terrorize the Steelers for years to come (don’t all high-pedigree Jaguars defensive players do that?), Josh Allen.

He becomes the first Kentucky edge rusher taken in the first round of the draft since a guy names Alvin.

9:02 p.m.

OK, another surprise. The Giants get who they think is Eli Manning’s successor, Duke QB Daniel Jones.

Most would have thought that if Jones was their guy, they could have waited until their second first-round pick (No. 17 overall). Also surprising is that Jones went ahead of Dwayne Haskins or even Drew Lock.

Two QBs are off the board.


Well, if you held out hope the Steelers would get one of The Devins, you’re outta luck. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers round out the top five of the draft by taking Devin White.

That leaves only Michigan’s Devin Bush among first-round-worthy inside linebackers. White perhaps went a little earlier than expected, meaning the demand might outstrip the supply for Bush – hurting the Steelers chances of getting him.

Pittsburgh, here’s what you’re missing out on — again, if you ever held out hope the Steelers would trade up that high to get White.

Next up? The New York Football Giants.

8:50 p.m.

We have our first mild surprise! The Mike Mayock- and Jon Gruden-guided Raiders take Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell.

8:48 p.m.

These silver-and-black M&M’s look oddly tasty.

8:41 p.m.

Another non-surprise. The Jets get what some people rated as the draft’s best player, regardless of position, Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams.

The Oakland Raiders are on the clock. Somehow, I doubt they’ll take a wide receiver

8:31 p.m.

And there it is… the e49ers take Joey Bosa’s little brother, Nick. They can hope that Nick gives them the production Joey is giving the Chargers.

Next up, J-E-T-S, JETS! JETS! JETS!

8:23 p.m.

We are underway…

The Arizona Cardinals kick things off – and it’s not a surprise. At least, it’s not a surprise from the noise of the past 2-3 months. I’m certain if someone told you at any point before that that a 5-foot-10 Oakland Athletics outfield prospect would be the top pick in the NFL draft….

The San Francisco 49ers are on the clock. Most expect that to be Ohio State defensive lineman Nick Bosa.

8 p.m.

A sign the Steelers are going to draft a tight end!

(Not really).

But, in all seriousness, Hodges release means that the Steelers have only Vance McDonald and Xavier Grimble on the roster as tight ends with any NFL experience.

Here’s a plug to Joe Rutter’s breakdown of the tight ends available in this draft. And here are Rutter’s top 10 at tight end, a position the Steelers almost assuredly will address at some point this weekend.

But will it be Round 1? That seems unlikely, but if a player such as Iowa’s Noah Fant is there with the 20th pick, maybe the Steelers are tempted…

7:50 p.m.

After a fine pasta buffet (best food on the Pittsburgh sports media circuit is here on the South Side at the Steelers facility), we’re getting close to GO time.

7:00 p.m.

It’s Draft Night 2019. What will the Pittsburgh Steelers do?

While speculation ramps up the Steelers will trade up in the first round, as of now they are scheduled to select No. 20 overall. Whom they will take is still anyone’s guess. Check out the Trib’s Draft headquarters here, where the esteemed Joe Rutter ( and I do our mock drafts, and much more:

Rutter and I are two of six Trib staff members at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Follow along all night. The draft is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Enjoy.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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