The Pittsburgh Steelers are looking at their first losing season since 2003.
With a record of 2-6, the Steelers are most likely going to finish last in the AFC North.
But, in the first season without Ben Roethlisberger, this has been a rebuilding year for them.
First-round pick, QB Kenny Pickett, has taken over the reins for the Steelers.
But, he has struggled so far this season.
In four starts this season, Pickett has thrown two touchdowns and five interceptions.
Most INT this season:
Matt Ryan 9
Kenny Pickett 8*
Matthew Stafford 8
*has only started 4 games pic.twitter.com/d0WO3r04vk
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 3, 2022
He is simply turning the ball over at an extreme rate.
With a top-10, possibly even top-five draft pick in play, should the Steelers be targeting a new franchise QB?
The answer is no.
One reason the Steelers are so bad this season is because of the players around Pickett.
No one expected the rookie to light up the box scores in his rookie year, but he could lead a team with great players around him.
Instead, the Steelers have a poor offensive line and a bad running game that is making life very difficult on their first-round pick.
Build Around Pickett
Instead of using that top pick to replace Pickett, the Steelers should use it on helping him.
The best player available is never a bad idea, but Pittsburgh needs an offensive lineman.
Steelers need to sign a big name corner in the offseason and invest heavy draft capital into the offensive line
— Michael Beck (@MichaelBeck56) October 30, 2022
In most drafts, a few of the top selections are on the offensive line.
Pittsburgh should due their due diligence at this position this year and draft the best offensive tackle.
Protecting the blindside of their young QB will go a long way in improving his play.
The Steelers need to stick by Pickett and give him the help necessary to succeed.