Ben Roethlisberger Surprised The Steelers Took A QB In The Draft

"I was surprised they took a QB because I thought maybe in the 3rd round you can get some really good players that can help this team win now."

Joe Kapp
May 04, 2018 - 2:03 pm

Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tells Cook and Poni he is surprised the team took a quarterback in the draft.

He joined The Fan Friday to share his thoughts on the drafting of a QB and more.

Roethlisberger says he feel like he can play another 3-5 years for a few reasons. He says some of them are his kids keeping him active and make him feel young and the offensive line he has in front of him.

While he says he thinks he can play up to another five seasons, he still evaluate at the end of every season.

Roethlisberger says that he approached the team and told them they he was intending to play 3-5 more years and that they should not feel that they should need to take a QB in the draft.

The Steelers selected Oklahoma St. QB Mason Rudolph in 3rd round.

"I was surprised they took a QB because I thought maybe in the 3rd round you can get some really good players that can help this team win now." said Roethlisberger. "Nothing against Mason I think he is a great player. I don't know him personally but I'm sure he is a great kid,” said Roethlisberger. “I just don’t know how backing up or being the third, who knows where he’s going to fall in the depth chart but helps us win now but that’s not my decision to make that’s all the coaches and the GM and owner . . . if they feel like he can help our team, so be it but I was a little surprised.”

After he was drafted, Rudolph said “It’s not Ben’s job to teach me anything, it’s my job to learn and that’s the way I’m going to look at it. Obviously you’re sitting behind and unbelievable players and a good dude.”

Asked if he feel like he has any extra responsibility to take Rudolph under his wing Roethlisberger said, “I don’t think I’ll need to now that he said he doesn’t need me,” with a laugh. He adds he hasn’t talked to Rudolph yet.

Roethlisberger says he has helped Landry Jones and Josh Dobbs in the past but the first thing he does every season is get himself prepared.

"As far as I know I'm still the starting QB," Roethlisberger said. "I need to get myself ready to play that is the top priority."

Roethlisberger says he’ll be happy to answer any questions that Rudolph has but expects Jones to prepare him the most.

“The backup quarterback’s role is one, to get the starter ready but two, make sure that he’s ready to go to but he has kind of accepted a role of also helping the young guys way more then I kind of had to. Maybe he’s done that to take it off of my plate a little bit because he understands the preparation that I need to have for myself,” said Roethlisberger.

Roethlisberger says he also feels bad to last year’s fourth round pick Josh Dobbs. “Last year he’s taken in the fourth round so does that mean the Steelers . . . screw up with that pick? . . . Has he not developed the way that they thought? Why else would you take a quarterback in the third round next year?”

Listen to the full interview to hear Ben's take on the Martavis Bryant trade and the contract situation with Le'Veon Bell.