Many people take a look at prospects who are being interviewed by their favorite NFL team as a glimpse into the NFL Draft room and who they might see as potential draftees in the upcoming selection process. For fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, their minds typically revolve around cornerbacks, safeties, defensive linemen and maybe an occasional offensive lineman.
Well, the Steelers are in Mobile, Alabama for the annual Senior Bowl and the team has concluded their first official prospect visit with -- a quarterback.
Talk about throwing fans through a loop, but the team officially met with USC QB Cody Kessler, per WalterFootball.com. Kessler is coming off a Senior season where the 6-foot 1-inch quarterback threw for 3,536 yards, with 29 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He finished the season with a 151.7 quarterback rating and a completion percentage of 66.8.
So, you might be wondering why the Steelers would be talking to a quarterback? That answer is easy. Landry Jones still has one year left on his current contract, but every other quarterback in the system is now a free agent, Bruce Gradkoswki and Mike Vick. The team clearly liked what they saw from Jones in 2015 in relief, and might be looking to draft a young quarterback to possibly be the No. 3 quarterback, and take over the No. 2 duties when Jones' current contract expires.
The Steelers likely won't be looking at a potential quarterback until the latter portions of the draft, and rightfully so with Ben Roethlisberger still having plenty left in the tank for the coming years; however, depth at the position has become an issue, and one which the team is looking into addressing in the draft.
This Saturday when you sit down to watch the Senior Bowl, keep an eye on Kessler -- we know the Steelers will be.