Steelers to lose late round pick for Mike Tomlin’s line stepping


Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was already fined $100,000 for his Thanksgiving day line dance during Ravens vs. Steelers last week. Now comes word via ProFootballTalk that the Steelers franchise will also lose a draft pick.

A late-round draft pick will indeed be forfeited by the Steelers, regardless of whether the Ravens miss the playoffs.  In the unlikely event that the tiebreaking process for the Ravens goes deep enough to consider net points and the Ravens miss the playoffs because the drive in question ended in a field goal and not a touchdown, the penalty will be enhanced.

As the league has announced, the specific penalty will be determined once the full draft order is finalized, which will happen after the postseason concludes — and after all compensatory picks are distributed.