Steelers don’t rule out any position in first round

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Three quarterbacks were taken in the first 11 picks of the 2004 draft and all three remain the starters for the team they played with during their rookie season.

There have been discussions around the Giants and Chargers about taking possible successors to Eli Manning and Philip Rivers, but that topic has been batted around Pittsburgh less often this offseason than it was last year. Last year was when Ben Roethlisberger mused about retiring before committing for the year to come and the Steelers ultimately took Josh Dobbs in the fourth round of the draft.

Roethlisberger has refrained from such talk this year and has signaled a desire to play for multiple years. That doesn’t mean the Steelers are ruling out using another selection on a quarterback and General Manager Kevin Colbert said Monday that he isn’t ruling out using their first-round pick in that direction.

“Ben is a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Colbert said. “We’re very lucky to have him. He’s stated his intention to play at least a few more years and that’s awesome. As I said when we opened this, our job is to not only win a championship in ’18, it’s to secure this franchise’s ability to do it in the future.”

It doesn’t seem to be a likely outcome as Colbert also stressed the need to surround Roethlisberger with the best possible talent and one imagines doing so on the field would qualify as the best way to maximize the quarterback’s remaining years in Pittsburgh.

8 responses to “Steelers don’t rule out any position in first round

  1. People refer to him as Small Ben in Big Games, but I don’t think that to be the case. He is a warrior. They axed Haley (Trip’s fall guy) but I think it is Tomlin who is holding them back. The team is always very talented.

  2. Reports out of Pittsburgh last season had Haley at odds with not only Ben but several of the other coaches as well. This off-season, Ben has said that he wants to play at least 3 more years, the apparent difference being the absence of Haley – which also probably made a difference in Munchak withdrawing his name from consideration for the cardinals job.

    The Steelers have plenty of needs and not as many picks as usual this year. I’d rather see Josh Dobbs first be given a chance to beat out Landry Jones rather than Pittsburgh bringing in someone else. Dobbs can make all the throws and he got his degree in rocket science. Seriously, he did. So let’s give him a chance.

    Go Steelers!

  3. Good keep the other teams guessing. In 2007 announced they were interested in Darelle Revis. Shortly before the Steelerscwere on the clock the jets traded up to selection before thevSteelers selected Revis….lesson to be learned….

  4. steelers already have more talent than most anyone. they need a head coach. tomlin would probably be an excellent position coach with the right guidance.

  5. nhpats says:
    April 23, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    Does that include head coach?

    I really hope you don’t drop off the keyboard when Belicheat quits or dies because I’d love to hear your Pat’s-blinders perspective when that happens – which isn’t as long as you think.

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