Are The Steelers Really In The QB Market At The Draft?

An NFL Network analyst weighs in on The Fan Morning Show

Matt Koll
April 21, 2020 - 10:52 am

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Surely you've seen them if you've been consuming NFL Draft coverage.

Mock drafts that have the Steelers taking Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. Or even Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. 

But are they really in the market for a QB at the draft? 

NFL Network analyst Charles Davis weighed in on the Steelers current situation The Fan Morning Show Tuesday. 

"Remember, they spent some draft capital on Mason [Rudolph] and thought of him as a down-the-road starter. They weren't sure how fast it would be, they were hoping it would be a while because of Ben [Roethlisberger] but their hand got forced a little bit because of Ben's injury and now they've seen him. They spent that time. I don't think it was overly impressive by what we saw on the field but that doesn't mean that it can't happen. 

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"We've seen a lot of Hall of Fame quarterbacks struggle early in their careers and again, I'm not trying to say that Mason is going there. I'm just saying go back and look. Heck, in your city, Terry Bradshaw's early years weren't terrific but it sure worked out in the end. 

So I could see where they would go with that and that's why they don't believe they're in the quarterback market. They want to build up the rest of their team and frankly make one big run with Ben over these next 2,3 seasons if indeed that's how much time he has left." 

Davis also said that while there have been restrictions in scouting and information missing in draft prep this year, a team like the Steelers may stand to separate themselves from the rest. 

"I think each franchise will handle it differently and will have a different philosophy. But I would see teams like Pittsburgh, places that have drafted well over the years and have a very good front office that's strong and in lockstep with everything with ownership, head coach and what have you. They'll have their plans set.

I would see Pittsburgh being the type to say, 'Listen. We did work on these kids for 2 to 3 years prior. We did Senior Bowl, we did East/West, we did NFLPA game. We got into some places, we got the combine in. We may have gotten to a few Pro Days ahead of time.' Those will be their late-round, free agent type guys that they'll have full workouts on. At least, we feel like we know what we're getting coming to our place." 

You can hear the entire interview with NFL Network analyst Charles Davis on The Fan Morning Show, including his thoughts on Joe Burrow's future and the potential slide of Tua Tagovailoa, below.