The Steelers squeaked into the playoffs despite not having Big Ben for several games last season. Without Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh went 2-2 with Michael Vick and Landry Jones at quarterback. Had Roethlisberger been healthy the Steelers could’ve had a shot at winning their division. This year in the draft Pittsburgh has to get a backup QB. Roethlisberger isn’t going anywhere and will be the starter for several more years but last year the team learned that they need improve at the backup QB spot and groom someone for the future.
This week in Mobile, AL team officials met with Cody Kessler from USC. Last season Kessler threw for 3,536 yards and 29 touchdowns for the Trojans. He doesn’t have a cannon and is only 6’1, 215 pounds. The PAC-as isn’t known for playing much defense so his numbers may be inflated. The Steelers aren’t going to pick a QB in the first or second round but they will get one later in the draft. Kessler is a prospect who will be on the board on day three that Pittsburgh could take a flier on and groom him for the future.
Picking at #25 the Steelers will likely try to upgrade their secondary. Cornerbacks Kendall Fuller from Virginai Tech, Eli Apple from Ohio State or Mackensie Alexander from Clemson will all be mid to late first round picks and Pittsburgh could snag one of them in round one. Safetys Darian Thompson from Boise State and Jeremy Cash from Duke could be there in round two.
But picking so late in the first round often team will draft the best player available if someone slides to them. If Linebacker Reggie Ragland or defensive end Shaq Lawson fall out of the top ten and are still on the board at #25 why not pick them? Even though it’s not a position of need the player could be too good to pass up.
A lot will play out before April’s draft. But I’d be willing to bet money that Pittsburgh drafts a QB on day two or three.