The Steelers have lots of questions about the quarterback position. But one of those questions, if they choose to pursue one in the offseason, would be who fits their new system the best and exactly who they would love to get out of the crop of NFL Draft quarterbacks. Some have already suggested Heisman Trophy Winner Jayden Daniels, but on Tuesday, a new name popped up on the radar.
That would be Oregon’s Bo Nix. Nix was in college for a long time and fits a similar mold to Kenny Pickett’s, but he could be a mid-round option for the Steelers. Peter King joined 93.7 the Fan and suggested as such, but it was made in a broader point that the team can not be afraid to address the quarterback position, and Nix is one of those potential players.
“Let’s say Bo Nix is there when the Steelers pick and they love Bo Nix, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to take him at all,” King said. “But I think the overriding thing I would do, that I would absolutely make sure I do is that I’d tell Kenny Pickett, ‘Your career as a Steeler isn’t over, but you now have to fight for your job.’ I’d have no preconceived notions, let the best quarterback win.”
King went on to mention how there will likely be someone worthy of a second-round pick when the Steelers pick at that spot. This draft has more than a few potential options that could grow into spot starters or backups. Guys like Nix, Michael Penix, and others are just a few options that the Steelers could look to add.
Of course, you must consider what the team wants to do with Pickett. A mid-round pick seems a near certainty, even for future backup investment. But if they try to get Nix, that would not signal a move away from Pickett. 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.