PITTSBURGH – The 2022 NFL Draft is just a few days away, which means the endless speculation will finally come to a close with each pick made.
For the Steelers, the majority of draft speculation has come in the form of whether or not the franchise takes a quarterback with the 20th overall pick in the first round. This year’s crop of quarterbacks is supposed to be rather underwhelming, so if the Steelers want their best shot at a franchise quarterback, it will come in Round 1.
Mitchell Trubisky is currently in the fold, so the Steelers’ QB cupboard isn’t completely bare. But, right now, Trubisky shouldn’t be viewed as the answer, and with good reason. He’ll have to prove that he can be the guy over the coming months and there’s no telling how his situation plays out.
So, the Steelers -and their fans- should get a kick out of ESPN’s Todd McShay’s latest article about the upcoming draft. McShay wrote Monday that his sources don’t believe there is a team in the top-19 of the draft willing to take a quarterback:
As it stands right now, my sources don’t believe there is a team in the top 19 picks that will be drafting a QB. There’s always a shock on draft night, and teams always look to trade up for a signal-caller, but the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 20 is the first spot I’m hearing serious QB consideration. Word is that the Steelers like Liberty’s Willis, so the question for Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert and coach Mike Tomlin: Can they pull a Bill Belichick and just hold tight for their guy? (New England stayed put at No. 15 last April and landed Mac Jones.)
This is great news for the Steelers, if it holds up
Sure, a team in the top-19 may not be willing to draft a quarterback, but that doesn’t mean a team outside of the top-19 isn’t. There’s always the possibility a team trades up to get “their guy”. We see it all the time and the Steelers know that anything can happen during the draft, so, just because McShay’s sources are saying this is far from a guarantee that it actually works out as such.
This is especially true when considering ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s tweet earlier Monday. Schefter stated that there are more teams looking to trade back than up, which could lead to a franchise leapfrogging the Steelers.
Within the past week, as the draft has drawn closer, multiple teams in the top half of the draft have inquired with others to try to trade back in the first round, per sources. So far, the interest in moving back in Thursday’s draft has greatly exceeded the interest in moving up.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2022
It’s also really, really hard to imagine a modern day draft where zero quarterbacks are selected in the top-19. It’s even a stretch to imagine a quarterback-less draft past the 15th overall pick.
But, still, this is great news for the Steelers. Having every top quarterback option fall to them at 20 is about as close to perfection as you can get. Mike Tomlin publicly mentioned his satisfaction with the fact that acquiring Trubisky cost nothing, so one would assume he’d be elated to find himself in the same position, but with the chance to pick a potential franchise quarterback, instead.
We’ll see if this is how everything plays out Thursday night. Regardless, McShay’s news has draft week off to a great start for Steeler Nation.
You can check out McShay’s full article, here.
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