Who will be the Steelers’ next franchise quarterback?
I’m unapologetically a Philadelphia Eagles fan, and will be for the rest of my life. However, the NFL includes 31 other teams, and one of most successful franchises sits on the opposite side of the state. Like the Birds, the Pittsburgh Steelers drew criticism for their 2020 draft, though not as vociferously. One thing that stood out to me was the franchise has yet to draft quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s replacement. (I’m assuming backups Mason Rudolph and Devlin Hodges aren’t envisioned in that role.) Roethlisberger turned 38 in March, and though he’s still effective when healthy, he only played two games last season.
Pittsburgh is usually pretty good at drafting. Its front office is more consistent in that area than the Eagles, who picked some doozies over the years. Big Ben’s contract is up after the 2021 season, so maybe the Steelers will make selecting a QB a priority in next year’s draft. They probably won’t have the chance to get Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State’s Justin Fields, who should go very early in the first round. Maybe someone like Texas’ Sam Ehlinger or Georgia’s Jamie Newman (a transfer from Wake Forest) will be available.
By the way, Roethlisberger was drafted 11th overall in 2004. The two signal callers chosen in front of him were Eli Manning and Philip Rivers. All three of these guys (Roethlisberger and Manning own two Super Bowl rings each) are likely Hall of Famers.