Steelers Could Draft QB in First Round

GM Kevin Colbert says team may select new quarterback on Thursday

Jeff Hathhorn
April 23, 2018 - 6:12 pm
Ben Roethlisberger

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) - For the near decade and a half since Ben Roethlisberger was drafted, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has given us the caveat that they won’t draft a quarterback in the first round with every other position, within reason, still being on the board.  As for this Thursday’s first round, Colbert said.

“We haven’t eliminated any position this year”

That could be more of a smoke-screen to other teams as this week will be full of so much misinformation, you would think NFL front-office personnel are running for election.  However, this is another sign of the nearing of the end of the Roethlisberger era.

“Ben is a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Colbert said.  “We are very lucky to have him.  He has stated his intention to play at least a few more years and that’s awesome.  But our job is to not only win a championship in 2018, it’s to secure this franchise’s ability to do it in the future.  You have to have a great player at the quarterback position, in our eyes, to have the best chance to win a championship.”

Only once before have the Steelers had this dilemma of replacing a superstar quarterback; that was in the early ‘80s in trying to figure out what to do after Terry Bradshaw.  The team banked their future in Cliff Stoudt, who was drafted in 1977 and had one start in the league before becoming the starter in 1983.  Stoudt’s first year included 12 touchdowns to 21 interceptions, then the drafting of Mark Malone and the quarterback carousel that followed.

Steelers have five year back-up Landry Jones under contract through the 2018 season and drafted Josh Dobbs in the fourth round last year.  The 23-year-old didn’t take a snap in the regular season and was 38 of 64 for 406 yards with two touchdowns and three inceptions in the pre-season.

“Fortunately, we got one that’s still a very productive, highly effective quarterback,” Colbert said.  “Part of our job is to surround him with the best talent as well.  We have to weigh that in.  We will weigh that in throughout, but we haven’t eliminated any position for this draft whatsoever.”

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