The Pittsburgh Steelers are a team that could legitimately use their first round pick on a dozen different positions. One of those spots that really hasn't been talked much about is the quarterback position. We can attribute the over-valuation of the drafts top five prospects at quarterback as the main reason we don’t debate this topic much at all. But we can’t forget Ben Roethlisberger is creeping toward retirement and the Steelers probably don’t have the long term option in-house.
So, that begs the question, how would you feel if the Steelers decided to draft the top remaining quarterback on their board with their first pick, No. 24?
That prospect doesn't necessarily have to be Kyle Trask of Florida, Jamie Newman of Wake Forest, Kellen Mond of Texas A&M, or Davis Mills of Stanford, just the position in general. The motive would be obvious, the Steelers would want one of these players to sit and develop into NFL quarterbacks. This in a year they have zero chance of playing.
Sure, it may hurt the short term future, but if the Steelers find the right quarterback the long term benefit greatly tips the scales. The biggest problem is this would be the sixth quarterback taken off the board, and should probably have no reason going in the first round other than the fact they play the quarterback position.
The reasoning on making a historic draft reach may just be that with so many quarterbacks quickly taken off the board, someone will just as quickly take the sixth best signal caller as well. Is that a risk the Steelers can afford to take if they do want to sure up the position for the future? We also know the Steelers don’t historically draft to fill this year’s needs. They are much more aligned with taking a prospect that will help the team deep into the future.
Teams with OC or QB coaches in attendance Texas A&M pro-day to watch Kellen Mond:— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) March 30, 2021
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If on April 29th Rodger Goodell announces the Steelers have taken a quarterback 24th overall we can expect a title wave of angry tweets, posts, and comments. Justifiably so, as the best quarterback available at 24 will be far from the best player available on draft boards. But at the end of the day I, personally, will quickly get over the sinking feeling of “What have we done?!” into the realization that Kevin Colbert has kept the Steelers as a consistent winner throughout the duration of the 2000’s. A young quarterback selection would also suggest the future management of the organization backs the move.
But what do you think? how would you feel if the Pittsburgh Steelers took a quarterback with their first round pick? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments below.