...Blake Bortles, Teddy Bridgewater, or Johnny Manziel falls to 15...and hes a QB that the team rates as a 'can't miss' franchise QB? I say this because various experts are claiming that recent F/A signings indicate the top QBs will no longer fly off the board this May.
Would the Steelers grab a future franchise QB IF they can work a killer deal for Ben on the fly...one that snags a second 1st round pick, another pick in the 2nd or 3rd round, another pick in the 6th, and frees up a LOT of cap space? Note: this would give us five picks in the first two rounds with at least 3 of them in rounds one and two.
Imagine next fall, seeing Manziel or Bortles behind Pouncey with Jordan Mathews as one wideout (picked up with the second 1st round pick or possibly one of our second round picks) A. Brown as the other, and Wheaton (or Cotch) in the slot. We reload on defense with solid picks at CB, DL, and LB--at least one would be a first or early second-rounder.
Yes, it's tough to think of trading Ben...but think of the sudden cap space for rebuilding; think of getting a future franchise QB who'd normally need a top 10 pick (or top 5) to secure; think of getting extra 1st , 2nd (or 3rd), and late round picks to infuse the team with new talent in a draft that Colbert claims is uniquely stocked. Yes, it sounds crazy, but is it really?