The biggest question mark facing the future of the Steelers franchise is who will take the reins once Ben Roethlisberger’s Hall of Fame career comes to an end. While the Steelers don't have to make a decision at QB this year, I don't think Kevin Colbert wants to get caught with Mason Rudolph or Duck Hodges again in the event Roethlisberger is unable to perform for one reason or another.
Two names have prominently been bounced around among Pittsburgh Steelers fans across the world wide web.
For top overall draft pick, and ex-Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston, and former Oklahoma Qb Jalen Hurts.
In Winston the Steelers would be getting the proven commodity. While he is a talented thrower, and he would fit the Steelers system quite seamlessly, there are his detractors, namely being careless with the football. But that's where the fit lies. Winston taking a year or two to learn from a future Hall of Famer could see him become a solid QB again when he comes out the other side.
Don’t get it twisted. If Jameis Winston wants to play in the NFL again it’s going to be on a contract that fits into the teams cap situation. The deal however won't be more than two years, but if Jameis can prove he’s worthy of the opportunity and Ben does indeed retire at his contract’s expiration I don't see why he couldn't receive a second deal.
And then there's Jalen Hurts. The Alabama turned Oklahoma signal caller has a championship pedigree, a strong arm and the best mobility of any QB in the 2020 draft class. Hurts’ biggest detractors are tendencies to force the ball into tough matchups, and taking off with the ball instead of climbing the pocket and keeping his eyes down field. Those issues again can be fixed by sitting behind someone like Roethlisberger for a couple seasons before taking over.
The biggest pro in drafting Hurts, over signing Winston, is the 4-year deal mixed with the low 3rd round price tag. The biggest pro in signing Winston over Hurts is that you already know you have a starting capable QB.
The biggest con in signing Winston over drafting Hurts is he could leave a year after the projected 2-year deal to play elsewhere and the team is left with no one than their current depth chart at the position. But the con in drafting Hurts is that he could never develop into a NFL caliber thrower.
So what do you think? Do you want the Steelers to sign Jameis Winston or spend a draft pick on Jalen Hurts? Or do you think the team should hold off on a QB all together? Let us know in the comments below!