The Steelers are likely to be in the thick of the 2022 quarterback draft class discussions. There is plenty of buzz around Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett, for example, who was mocked to the Steelers by Todd McShay. On Tuesday, the quarterback class got an answer on one of its potential top draws.
Star Nevada quarterback Carson Strong officially declared for the 2022 quarterback class and will skip the team’s upcoming matchup against Western Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl.
Thank you Nevada! The best has yet to come pic.twitter.com/wiU2ReF5te
— Carson Strong (@CarsonStrong_) December 15, 2021
Strong threw for 4,186 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, and only 8 interceptions in the 2021 season. Given that he has already graduated as well, Strong is able to be invited to the Senior Bowl. Pickett, Desmond Ridder, and some other top quarterbacks are expected to be down in Mobile in what could decide the order in which quarterbacks come off the board.
For the Steelers, they certainly will scour every possible avenue, and that includes Strong. He is not mobile, but he has excellent pocket movement and a rocket arm. If there is one thing that Strong could attract from Pittsburgh, it would be his pre-snap savviness and deep-ball accuracy. They are excellent. However, Strong lacks the outright rushing mobility that Mike Tomlin has alluded to multiple times this season.
Still, he is a solid contender to potentially pay attention to this offseason as the draft cycle heats up. Strong also has a bad history with a major knee injury that reportedly bothers him to this day. That means medicals are also something to watch for him. Still, there is little question about his on-field ability, but his skillset may not completely be what the Steelers are looking for in their next quarterback.