The Pittsburgh Steelers need Ben Roethlisberger again for an 18th (and certain last) season. As such, it appears possible that the workforce have a tendency to make use of its draft picks to attempt to fill rapid wants—on the offensive line and at working again, as an illustration—versus expending assets on a future want on the quarterback place.
However don’t low cost the opportunity of the Steelers taking a quarterback sooner or later within the draft.
“I believe they’re going to exhaust all choices. They’ve quarterbacks within the draft that they like,” mentioned NFL Insider Jeremy Fowler on Monday throughout an look with The PM Crew w/ Poni & Mueller on 93.7 The Fan.
To make certain, one of many quarterbacks they like would have most likely need to fall unexpectedly far for the Steelers to tug the set off. That features the 5 greatest QB prospects—Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Zach Wilson (BYU), Justin Fields (Ohio State), Trey Lance (North Dakota State) and Mac Jones (Alabama), all of whom determine to be lengthy gone by the point the Steelers get an opportunity to make the most of the No. 24 decide within the first spherical.
However what if a Day 2 or Day three prospect—like Kyle Trask (Florida), who Mel Kiper sees as a second-round decide and a possible “inheritor obvious to Ben”—falls to, say, the third or fourth spherical?
Throughout his profession at Florida, Trask accomplished 552 of 813 passes for 7,386 yards and 69 touchdowns in 28 video games. This previous 12 months, Trask was a Heisman Trophy finalist and completed fourth within the voting.
However not all draft evaluators are as excessive on Trask as Kiper, who Professional Soccer Focus referred to as “an awesome school QB who would possibly battle as a professional.”
“The problem is that he doesn’t have the bodily items which can be nearly universally present in NFL quarterbacks,” notes PFF. “He doesn’t even have common ranges of athleticism, whether or not that comes together with his legs or his arm. The ball simply travels at such a sluggish velocity when it leaves his hand that it’s going to be laborious to suit balls into closing home windows with NFL athletes enjoying protection, and he’s going to need to throw with immaculate anticipation.”
A extra intriguing Day 2/three identify to recollect is Kellen Mond (Texas A&M), who has the athleticism and arm expertise to thrive within the NFL, however by no means fairly put all of it collectively in school, maybe partly due to a subpar supporting forged.
Standing of the Ben Roethlisberger Contract Negotiations?
In the meantime, the Steelers nonetheless need to re-do Ben Roethlisberger’s contract (earlier than March 17th) if they’re going to have him again for the 2021 season.
“It’s been fairly sluggish. They’re kinda slowly working it out,” mentioned Fowler within the above-referenced interview. “The problem is, are they going to anticipate him to take a pay reduce or not? That’s a query. Some folks across the league imagine that they’re, partly as a result of Ben has provided that … or not less than advised that he’s prepared to assist them.”
But Fowler believes the negotiations will wrap up sooner reasonably than later. “I believe it is going to be fairly clear in the long run. It may get performed this week,” he added.
The place Does This Go away Backup QB Mason Rudolph?
Based on Fowler, a part of the rationale for bringing again Roethlisberger for an additional 12 months was contemplating what video games would possibly seem like with out him.
“I believe they thought-about what it might be like in the event that they began Mason Rudolph in 2021,” he added. On the similar time, “I believe they nonetheless do imagine in him based mostly on the previous few occasions he’s performed vital snaps…. This can be a Kevin Colbert decide … they might nonetheless prefer to see him in prolonged motion sooner or later,” and Fowler means that the Steelers would possibly signal him to a short-term extension after this season and provides him an opportunity to begin.
“The factor with Rudolph is that they know largely what they’ve” and really feel like “they might win some video games” with him. “They know he’s most likely acquired a ceiling—he’s not going to be an absolute celebrity—however they’re comfy with him,” not less than as a “bridge” quarterback.
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