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Drake Maye Earns Ben Roethlisberger Comparison

Dan Orlovsky believes that Drake Maye plays very similarly to how Ben Roethlisberger played coming out of Miami Ohio.

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The NFL Draft is already getting into high gear, and there are two quarterbacks at the top who seem to separate themselves from the pack. That would be Caleb Williams and Drake Maye, and while Williams is the consensus top overall quarterback, ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovksy does not want people to forget about Maye, who he compared to former Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Speaking on the Pat McAfee Show, Orlovsky broke down Maye’s game. He sees a lot of Roethlisberger in the game of Maye, specifically regarding his arm talent and ability to create off-script. Of course, that was a specialty of Roethlisberger throughout his career, and the fact that he could avoid prominent sacks made him much more challenging for teams to defend against him.

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KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 16: Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) makes a pass in the first quarter of an AFC wild card playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs on Jan 16, 2022 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire)

“I called a lot of Drake’s games in college, and he’s Big Ben to me. He is,” Orlovsky said. “The kid is 6-foot-5,, 230 now and could put on 20 pounds easily. He’s one of those athletes that when you watch him move, you’re just like, he’s a little bit not refined, he’s sloppy mechanically at times, but he is a freak. You can’t teach the stuff that Big Ben had, can’t teach the stuff Josh (Allen) has.”

As for the Steelers, there’s virtually little to no way Maye will be coming to the Steelers. However, if the Ben Roethlisberger comparisons are something you buy into, Maye could be a threat in the AFC or NFC, wherever he lands.

Maye seems poised to be a top-three pick, with Williams likely heading to Chicago. But will Maye end up in Washington, New England, or somewhere else? That remains to be seen, but he seems likely to end up as the second quarterback off the board, and on film, it’s not hard to see why.

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