The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team facing a period of transition. We would all be lying to ourselves if we didn't think the end of the Ben Roethlisberger era was upon us, and the organization is showing it’s beginning to prep themselves by some of their recent actions.
The Steelers are a team that always does its due diligence, but now it’s becoming obvious they are putting a big effort into scouting the 2022 NFL quarterback draft class. The Steelers recently took in a game between the Liberty Flames and Syracuse Orange. Why this is important is because possibly the top passer of this draft class, Malik Willis, plays for Liberty.
#NFL Scouts at #Liberty at #Syracuse game here in the Dome tonight (9/24/21):— DT Sports Media (@CallDT) September 25, 2021
Willis is a big arm, uber athletic quarterback prototype that has been lighting up the NCAA as an independent school. The rest of the roster really doesn't feature a lot of high end talent, so anyone watching this game was clearly fixated on the guy wearing number seven in red white and blue. Willis is a threat not only to put numbers up in the air, but he has 1,000 yard rushing potential. He has come close to that number in a shorter college football season, and he did it as a high school senior, so assuming his game translates to the NFL he could easily be a guy that consistently hits that number year after year, much like Lamar Jackson.
This is far from the first time the Steelers have taken to the road to witness a quarterback prospect in person. Just a few weeks ago the Steelers general manger Kevin Colbert was spotted at Chapel Hill watching Sam Howell throw the football. This team is making its rounds with all the top passers in college football, and rightfully so. We have seen organizations like the Browns pick the wrong quarterback time after time for nearly 20 years. If the Steelers want to remain a successful organization hitting on the next quarterback selection will become paramount.
Many young Steelers fans don't know of a time when the Steelers were quarterbacked by anyone not named Ben Roethlisberger. If he continues to play like what we have seen in the early portion of the season I would caution people to mentally prepare for the change to be made. Whether it happens during the season remains to be seen, but one thing looks for certain, the Pittsburgh Steelers should be looking to add a quarterback in the 2022 offseason. The big question becomes who that player is, and how they will acquire him.
But what do you think? Do you expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to select a quarterback with their first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.