The Pittsburgh Steelers enter the offseason with some questions at quarterback, but one pundit believes the solution is not too hard to find in the NFL Draft. 33rd Football Team’s Marcus Mosher broke down the best fits for each quarterback, and he believes that Oregon’s Bo Nix makes the most sense for the Steelers.
“What does Mike Tomlin value the most in a quarterback? The ability to play the position without turning the ball over at a high rate. The Pittsburgh Steelers went 6-1 when they didn’t turn the ball over this year but were 4-6 when they did. Even in the games where Pittsburgh had just one offensive turnover, it went 2-3. That is probably the wrong offensive philosophy in 2024, but that’s how Tomlin coaches. So, which quarterback can make enough plays without turning the ball over at a high rate? That is none other than Bo Nix, who threw just three interceptions during the entire 2023 season. In fact, Nix had just 26 interceptions in his career on 1,936 passing attempts. That means he tossed an interception on just 1.34 percent of his throws. That is pretty wild, even for a college quarterback,” Mosher wrote.
Despite many tendency-breaking moves in their history over the last few years, that one would be a bit surprising. The team does not generally move off young quarterbacks. They have invested a first-round pick in Pickett and might be willing to give him another shot without Matt Canada’s offense. More than that, Rudolph’s last few weeks could provide them with the confidence to bring him back and roll with the competition. That’s not out of the question.
A mid-round pick seems a near certainty, even for future backup investment. But Nix in the first-round seems too close to what they already tried with Pickett. And there are significant questions with Nix to where I would be hard-pressed to pull the trigger on him in the first round.