Steelers see “good quality available” at quarterback in the draft

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Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said at a Monday press conference that Mason Rudolph would be the team’s starting quarterback if they had to play a game today, but they don’t have to play a game today and the makeup of their quarterback room is going to be different once that time does come.

Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins are on the roster now and Colbert said the team will go to training camp with four quarterbacks. Colbert said that the team will be looking at all ways to bring in new players and that includes possibly using the 20th overall pick of the draft to bring in a rookie they can develop heading into next season.

This year’s group is headed by players like Kenny Pickett, Matt Corral, Malik Willis, and Sam Howell. It doesn’t include a surefire top prospect, but Colbert said the team likes what it’s seen from the prospects thus far.

“As far as this draft class of quarterbacks, there’s good quality available, probably not as many as there have been in recent years,” Colbert said, via the team’s website. “But it is what it is, and we had a great look at a lot of the top quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. That was a great experience to see them back to back on a given day. We saw them all, and it was it was very good work, so we’re excited about that whole part of this process.”

Colbert said the team will not enter the process “with specific ideas about who’s the best” and that they’re open to a variety of skill sets at the position, although Colbert noted that accuracy was one thing they’ll be looking for regardless of what else a player brings to the table.

15 responses to “Steelers see “good quality available” at quarterback in the draft

  1. If I’m the Steelers, here’s what I would do:

    1) Go hard after Jameis Winston. He had 14 TDs to 3 INTs last season and seems like a perfect fit for replacing Roethlisberger.

    2) Convert as much of this year’s draft as possible into 2023 picks, and use what you keep to shore up the offensive line.

    Unless they’re really sold on a 2022 draft QB, this approach would give them a win-now QB plus more resources to either build around him next year (if he succeeds) or have draft capital to replace him (if he doesn’t).

  2. They better because they have nobody worth starting on their current roster. But there are some good quality veteran QBs available. For example the Steelers could pickup Watson or Russel Wilson and immediately be competitive

  3. touchback6 says:
    February 21, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    but, but, but, but! Dwayne Haskins is a lock out of OSU like Justin Fields!


    But but but but Stidham was the answer also according to you. Wow down bro, Mac Jones is nothing.

  4. So, what he really means is that he doesn’t like any of them. Otherwise, he wouldn’t reveal his thoughts.

  5. Colbert said what he said without really saying anything. If they get a solid free agent qb they could draft someone to develope. Either way, I lean towards the idea that Rudolph has a decent chance at not even being in the room by the time the regular season starts.

  6. When you realize that the Steelers currently sit at the 20th pick, and you see how many of the teams above them were way down in QB production last season, and then look at how weak and thin this upcoming QB class is, one can only come to one conclusion.

    The Steelers, having overlooked a plethora of QB talent coming out of the college ranks for years now, will throw away more of what few draft picks they still have in order to move up, take what will end up as a career backup QB, and miss out completely on the 2023 crop. Book it!

  7. I think Trubisky deserves another shot. No QB’s succeed in Chicago. Been that way since, what? The 1950’s or so?

  8. Hey, I’m available and I can read a defense as well as Dwayne Haskins and I’m gonna be a lot cheaper.

  9. There’s always good quality at the QB position. Mason Rudolph could become a good NFL QB if given the opportunity. Generally, you have to be a first-round pick to get the opportunity to evolve. Look at Josh Allen. If he had been a fourth-round pick, he never would have made it to year two. If he was a second rounder, he probably wouldn’t have made it to year three. But if Rudolph is handed the job, and allowed to play the entire season, by next year, he could have the Steelers contending for the super bowl.

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