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Steelers could take a quarterback in the draft

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The Steelers haven’t taken a quarterback since drafting Dennis Dixon in the fifth round of the 2008 draft, but their streak of quarterback-less drafts could end this week.

Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert broke with recent trends and said the team was open to the possibility of drafting a quarterback at some point during the 2013 draft. Per Dulac, the team isn’t interested in finding someone with the intention of grooming a replacement for Ben Roethlisberger in the near future but could find a developmental prospect to develop over several years while Roethlisberger remains in charge of things on offense.

According to the report, the Steelers believe Tyler Bray of Tennessee is the most talented quarterback in this year’s class. The strong-armed early entry isn’t ready to play right now, although his potential may still push him into the second day of the draft and Dulac believes that’s earlier than the Steelers might like to pick a player with no immediate chance to play. E.J. Manuel of Florida State and Zac Dysert of Roethlisberger’s alma mater Miami of Ohio are also mentioned as quarterbacks who have caught the team’s eye over the last few months.

With Bruce Gradkowski signed to be a backup and John Parker Wilson also on the roster, the selection of a quarterback would likely bring an end to Charlie Batch’s run with the Steelers. That would make for quite a change in the “back in my day” stories told during position meetings since the quarterbacks mentioned above were just a couple of years out of diapers when Batch was getting ready for his own draft day.

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  1. stairwayto7 says: Apr 22, 2013 9:16 AM

    No way would Steelers take Manuel in 2nd round in which he would go. Too many other needs. I say Dysert in the 5th.

  2. black43gold says: Apr 22, 2013 9:16 AM

    I’d like to see them go with Dysert if he’s around in that 5th-7th round range. Keep the Miami-Ohio tradition going, plus he does well in the type of system Todd Haley runs: short, effective passing with the ability to go deep. Who knows if he’ll be there though. I don’t think Pittsburgh will pick a QB any earlier than 5th rd, they have too many other needs to address.

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 22, 2013 9:19 AM

    “the selection of a quarterback would likely bring an end to Charlie Batch’s run with the Steelers.”

    A big, collective sigh from Ravens fans.

  4. modellforprez says: Apr 22, 2013 9:30 AM

    colbert, lets worry about a Q.B late late like 7th round. lookit cause worst case scenario Big Bum gets hurt we still have Bruce Allmighty. 1st things first either a pass rusher or a running back or even wideout you need some kind of impact player and on top of that you need mutiple players to have a immediate impact or your 8-8 will be 2003 6-10.

  5. pittsburghfan71 says: Apr 22, 2013 9:37 AM

    This would be a good move for the Steelers. I dont think they will look to get one in the first 3 rounds as there are other areas of need. But bringing in a rookie to learn the system and be ready for when Ben gets hurt is a good move

  6. ejm845 says: Apr 22, 2013 9:41 AM

    nick foles with eagles would b perfect same style QB as ben huge up side hes not gona fit read option eagles are changing to prob get him for a 5th rounder next yr esp if they draft a QB

  7. kevingreene160sacknoHOFclub says: Apr 22, 2013 9:41 AM

    Drafting, developing, and controlling a late round prospect-type QB until the incumbent is ready/not to relinquish the job is like a tight rope walk on dental floss.

  8. steelercrazy says: Apr 22, 2013 9:58 AM

    I don’t see the Steelers taking Bray unless he slips past the 3rd round. Too many other needs.

  9. CKL says: Apr 22, 2013 10:02 AM

    Isn’t Bray the guy who told Gruden his work habits were only a 7 or 8 on a scale of 1-10? Huge red flag there. That definitely needs more looking into if he is the one who said that. It could mean that he looks at it as something to improve, or it could mean he’s just lazy and honest.

  10. scoobies05 says: Apr 22, 2013 10:05 AM

    crown is too funny. please remind him which team won 8 and 8 and which team won the super bowl. nice that the batch win was the highlight of steelers 2012

  11. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Apr 22, 2013 10:34 AM

    Who the heck is John Parker Wilson?

    I understand they know more than I do about selecting draft picks but I’d like to see them wait until next year for a qb prospect and address more immediate needs this year.

  12. mazblast says: Apr 22, 2013 10:43 AM

    Batch and Gradkowski are game managers at best. Use the #4 on someone who down the line can be a game-changer.

  13. istateyourname says: Apr 22, 2013 10:58 AM

    If they do get a new quarterback, hopefully his TV is working OK.

  14. citizenstrange says: Apr 22, 2013 10:59 AM

    If the Steelers could even find a slightly above average — like even top 15 in the league — quarterback with the Dick LeBeau defense they can make a deep run into the playoffs every year …. instead of no playoff wins the past two years and probably none for the next three years either.

    Say what you want about Roethlisberger or Tomlin but make no mistake …. The Steelers will fall down an elevator shaft when LeBeau retires. It’s a real shame they don’t have a quarterback who can get the number one defense into the playoffs these last few years of the Dick LeBeau window closing.

  15. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 22, 2013 11:24 AM

    I’m estimating the chances of the Steelers drafting a QB at 100%.

  16. spedman24 says: Apr 22, 2013 11:35 AM

    They should take a QB bc you know sooner or later Big Ben is going to grab a females chest

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 22, 2013 11:49 AM

    There is no way the Steelers can afford to re-sign Roethlisberger to another obscene contract for more mediocrity.
    However, having said that, there is no way the Steelers can afford to waste a draft pick on quarterback this year. They need immediate help in several different areas, namely pass-rushers, wide receivers, running backs and defensive backs.
    I suspect that after the 2013 season, the organization will be in a much better position in next year’s draft to zero in on SuperBen’s replacement.
    And with the tidal wave of talented quarterbacks infiltrating the NFL in recent seasons, I look forward to a change, a change that might get this offense jump started and out of the bottom-10 in scoring on a regular basis.

  18. morganstan100 says: Apr 22, 2013 2:32 PM

    After being totally bamboozled by Bill Belichick, Steelers have no money to sign anyone. How would they even pay a new QB? A lifetime supply of Primanti Brothers french fry sandwiches? Yikes!

  19. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 22, 2013 3:05 PM

    You’re right morganstan. If the going rate for an average QB is $120M, someone good enough to fill Ben’s shoes would commend $240M.

  20. morganstan100 says: Apr 22, 2013 4:14 PM

    I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the Steelers paid someone $240M to keep them out of the playoffs. Fits right in with their current business model for 2011-13. Yikes!

  21. cfeeley52 says: Apr 22, 2013 7:10 PM

    It cracks me up that people still try to rip on Flacco. When was the last time Roethlisberger threw for 11 tds and 0 int in the playoffs??? That’s right he never has!!!

  22. dietrich43 says: Apr 22, 2013 8:16 PM

    I think this a smokescreen, hoping someone moves up to draft a qb and push a player down to them.

    So, is Batch going to lose the qb part of his title – 3rd qb/qb coach/hopefully a positive influence on Ben? If Batch isnt back, he will only be an injury and phonecall away.

  23. morganstan100 says: Apr 22, 2013 9:22 PM

    Steelers are so jealous of Flacco, it’s embarrassing. Speaking of embarrassing, do you think the Steelers will wear those Hamburglar uniforms again? Hahaha. What a joke! Yikes!

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 23, 2013 6:40 PM

    cfeeley52 | Apr 22, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT
    It cracks me up that people still try to rip on Flacco. When was the last time Roethlisberger threw for 11 tds and 0 int in the playoffs??? That’s right he never has!!!

    Ah, grasshopper he has but two SB rings. You have how many? Bite me…

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