Although it’s early, it is believed there could be as many as eight quarterback’s selected in the first round of the 2021 draft. The names at the very top of the board are obvious in Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields, and FCS standout Trey Lance. We could very well see each of those guys go off the board within the first three picks. But the talent doesn’t stop there. Take into consideration the following names:
Jamie Newman, Georgia
Brock Purdy, Iowa State
Tanner Morgan, Minnesota
Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
K.J. Costello, Mississippi State
And even some other guys who could claw themselves into the top three rounds include:
Ian Book, Notre Dame
Kyle Trask, Florida
Sam Ehlinger, Texas
But the question remains, will the Steelers chase any one of those names? Kevin Colbert has been quite vocal about the organization sticking with Mason Rudolph as the teams top back up in 2020, and Ben Roethlisberger will still be on the books for over $40 million in 2021. But it shouldn’t stop the team and trying to upgrade at the games most important position.
With so much talent available in 2021, I think the Steelers would be foolish to not at least add some competition to their quarterback room. So many teams already have quarterbacks on big ticket contracts and others have already selected quarterbacks high in the past few NFL drafts. Seemingly, a couple of those names are bound to drop to wherever the Steelers may be selecting. While I do not believe the team will be anywhere bad enough to find themselves in a position to select any of the big three quarterbacks, there is still a ton of talent to be had.
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Roethlisberger can do the same for whomever the team would take. I also don’t think it would affect Mason Rudolph whatsoever. Rudolph will already have a head start having been in the offense, at that point going on four years, and I think being pushed could only make him a better player. Whoever can prove to be the next starting quarterback can take over the reins of the offense once Big Ben hangs up his cleats. The team could then choose to trade the other. It’s a win-win scenario.
There’s nothing wrong with having a plan at the quarterback position in the post Big Ben era. Add in the fact how young and talented this defense is and how high the potential of the receiving course seems to be, it would be a mistake not to provide them with a quarterback in the future. The Steelers have built themselves a roster which can win not only now, but in the future so long as they can find someone capable of running the offense.
What do you think? Should the Steelers look into one of the quarterbacks of the 2021 class? Should they wait until Ben is officially retired? Or do you think Mason Rudolph is the next quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers? Let us know in the comments below