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Steelers Trade Up To Draft Devin Bush 10th; Rashan Gary Goes 12th To Packers

The former Wolverine is headed to the Steel City.

April 25, 2019 - 9:41 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/97.1 The Ticket) -- 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.

Bush's Michigan teammate Rashan Gary went two picks later to the Green Bay Packers. Bush and Gary are the 46th and 47th Wolverines to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.