The Pittsburgh Steelers have a number immediate holes across their roster that need addressing, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter believes they somehow need to find their next quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.
“I still think you have to be looking for another quarterback here in this draft,” Schefter said regarding the Steelers’ quarterback situation.
As great as it would be to pluck Ben Roethlisberger’s successor in this year’s draft, finding an heir apparent at pick No. 24 appears highly unlikely. The top prospects at the position will be gone much earlier, and it would be a reach to select Florida’s Kyle Trask or Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond that early.
The Steelers also have holes to fill along the offensive line and at running back, inside linebacker and cornerback, so while one of those players could fit the Steelers’ draft position in the second round, it seems unlikely that Kevin Colbert and company will use assets to shore up a spot where they already have a starter and two developmental prospects in Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins.
If one of the elite quarterbacks fall within striking distance, Pittsburgh could possibly consider such a move, but most draft pundits have quarterbacks going early and often. Drafting a quarterback to take the reigns down the line is simply not in the cards for a team still claiming to be in pursuit of a Super Bowl in 2021.