Steelers G.M. doesn’t rule out taking another quarterback

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The Steelers have five quarterbacks on the roster at the moment.

Most importantly, the biggest name on that list is reportedly healthy again.

But Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said he couldn’t rule out taking another quarterback this week.

“If any pick makes sense at any time, then of course we’ll make those picks,” Colbert said, via Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Of course, just about any G.M. could say that about just about any position this week, but the Steelers do have an interesting situation.

Colbert said the team felt good about the health of starter Ben Roethlisberger, as he recovers from last year’s elbow surgery. Roethlisberger himself has taken a more zen approach to the possibility of more guys coming at his position, after balking in the past when they spent a third-round pick on Mason Rudolph.

The Steelers also have Devlin Hodges, former first-rounder Paxton Lynch, and J.T. Barrett on the roster at the moment.

“You feel good about No. 7, Ben, coming back,” Colbert said. “We know what we have in Mason. And, you know, we’ll see where we go. But we will be prepared for [a potential pick at] any position regardless of who we have on or current team. . . .

“We evaluate the whole board by position, to properly [rank] it,” Colbert said. “So, we have a good feel for these guys. And there are several players in the group [of draft-eligible quarterbacks] who are going to be future starters, possible Pro Bowlers, and there’s some nice backups.”

After last year was scrambled when Roethlisberger was hurt, wasting an excellent defensive performance, the Steelers might be wise to spend their money on a more proven commodity as a backup, especially at a time when so many starter-quality quarterbacks are available.

9 responses to “Steelers G.M. doesn’t rule out taking another quarterback

  1. THE Steelers should cut Lynch and sign Jamis Winston and draft a QB high. It’s time for NEW QB’s in Pittsburgh….and I really believe Winston can become a servicable QB now that he’s had eye surgery.

  2. Because you can never have too much of a good thing! – and who doesn’t like quarterbacks?

  3. The Steelers should probably pass on taking a QB this year, and maybe concentrate on trying to get Sam Ehlinger form Texas next year. Of course, if Jalen Hurts in still available to them in the 2nd?!

  4. I am a firm believer in taking a qb nearly every year. Since the draft is a crap shoot, take a flyer on one in the later rounds, at least. There have been a few taken in 5-7 round that turned out well.

  5. I am surprised they havent kicked the tires on Newton. His style is similar to Roethlisberger, and Roethlisberger is probably retiring soon.

  6. If you can get a quality 4th round or lower pick to develop, I’d consider that an upgrade in the post Woman Beater world.

  7. Steelers need a receiver, rb and DT and LB. I would not draft a qb this year. don’t see one worth taking.

  8. At #49 QB’s Hurts and Eason may be in consideration. Hurts seems to be a late riser, and Eason has a cannon. Both need refinement…and time.
    With a limited Ben window, I think Colbert drafts for now instead of later with pick #49. RB Edwards-Helaire would be a perfect fit and would contribute right away. Same with Jonathan Taylor, Cam Akers, and Dobbins.
    If not RB, one of these WR’s should be available and ready to contribute at #49: Tee Higgins, Shenault, M Pittman and J Reagor.

  9. Either a RB or a WR they really like should be available at 49. There are at least 7 WRs that have 1st Rd grades. I’d love to see RB J Taylor fall to them but he’ll probably go early 2nd round.

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