The 2022 NFL season could prove difficult for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Their quarterback picks for the year are Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.
Neither pick inspires a sense of victory in Pittsburgh.
However, Trubisky has playoff experience when he took the Bears to a playoff game.
But that path to the playoffs has been made on the back of the Bears defense.
Still, someone has confidence in him to succeed in Pittsburgh with his signing of a deal.
However, if he fails, another quarterback might be a better fit for the team.
With the history of Trubisky and Rudolph under center, the Steelers are better served with the drafting of a quarterback.
Steelers scouting focused on first-round quarterbacks, not other prospects
Something that’s both troubling to Trubisky and Steelers fans is the focus on Pittsburgh college quarterbacks.
This odyssey of the College Steelers quarterback’s pro day doesn’t say much about their faith in Mitch Trubisky. If they really believed in him, they’d be looking for defensive linemen, linebackers, DBs, WRs. And not the 1st round QB prospects.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) March 24, 2022
It could indicate that they would rather groom their future quarterback than trust what they have now.
However, they could use it to start a fire under Trubisky ahead of the 2022 season.
This plan could backfire on Pittsburgh.
This could cause him to feel betrayed or unwanted by the team.
If they don’t inspire his confidence, he could return the favor in the 2022 season.
However, this would ensure the end of his football career at an early age.
The risks weigh heavily on Pittsburgh and its quarterbacks in drafting a QB in the first round.
A college quarterback could replace the Steelers in the long term
If a long-term solution is the team’s desire, drafting a quarterback makes sense.
Trubisky could be a short-term quarterback for the team, only there to keep them afloat in the AFC North.
However, the quarterback’s talent in this year’s draft is very slim.
But that hasn’t stopped Pittsburgh from vying for a quarterback since its second season in college.
The Steelers have been sending scouts to watch Howell since his second season. I find it really strange how much they lean on him given their history with QBs 6’3″ and up and Howell is only 6’1″.
I really hope they don’t think to take it in rd1
– Sir (@DaWang026) January 7, 2022
That player is Sam Howell.
They had eyes on him even when they had Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback.
The Steelers seem to think he’s Big Ben’s long-term replacement.
Of course, that’s if you look at how long they spent scouting Howell.
With the time they’ve invested in him, he could be Pittsburgh’s 2022 draft quarterback.
Would the Steelers be better served by waiting a year before recruiting a quarterback?
Some fans seem to think Trubisky deserves a shot in Pittsburgh.
They might believe these things because of his poor training in Chicago holding him back.
However, we won’t know if coaching was his problem until he sees time as a starter again.
If Pittsburgh drafts a quarterback, Trubisky might not see much playing time.
They might pull it off at the first sign of failure.
It would also put a rookie quarterback in the fire of a brutal AFC North.
If they let Trubisky play the first season with the team, they would have a better idea of his playing ability.
Additionally, the 2023 draft quarterback class is better than this year’s class.
It also gives them time to draft weapons now for their quarterback.
These reasons explain why they should wait a year to recruit a quarterback.