For most of the offseason, the general feeling has been that the Pittsburgh Steelers will draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Pittsburgh signed quarterback Mitch Trubisky this offseason to serve as the franchise’s starting quarterback in 2022. Trubisky, however, isn’t viewed as a long-term answer for the Steelers (unless he blows everyone away in 2022, which is certainly possible, but not expected).

The popular scenario for the Steelers this offseason has been Pittsburgh selecting a quarterback at No. 20, sitting that quarterback for a year, and then rolling with that quarterback as the starter in 2023.

Liberty quarterback Malik Willis, Cincinnati quarterback Desmond Ridder, and Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett have been the most popular names connected to the Steelers during the pre-draft process.

The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t expected to select a quarterback in the first round

While the quarterback to Pittsburgh narrative has been popular this offseason, it sounds like the Steelers plan to go in another direction.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the “majority” of his sources are telling him that Pittsburgh will take a defensive lineman, offensive lineman, or cornerback.

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Sep 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Texas A&M Aggies offensive lineman Kenyon Green (55) in action during the game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas A&M Aggies at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

I think this approach makes a lot of sense. This quarterback class isn’t very strong. And we’re likely going to see a quarterback (or several) selected in the first round that wouldn’t be selected until the later rounds in most drafts.

Some folks have even suggested that current Green Bay Packers quarterback Jordan Love would be the top-graded quarterback in this class, which should tell you plenty about this crop of quarterbacks.

If this report is true, then Pittsburgh will have several quality options in the first round. They could take an offensive lineman like Texas A&M’s Kenyon Green or Boston College’s Zion Johnson.

Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam could also be an option, or maybe Georgia defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt.

There are plenty of directions the Steelers could go at No. 20 — including trading up or down. If they’re truly open to taking another position instead of a quarterback, it opens up a world of possibilities for Pittsburgh.

While I think this would be a wise approach by the Steelers, I could still see a scenario where they take Willis if he falls. We know Pittsburgh likes Willis a lot. And if he’s still there at No. 20, it’s going to be awfully tough for Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert to pass on him.

All we know for sure is that the first round should be very interesting for the Steelers on Thursday night.

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