The 2022 NFL season might turn out difficult for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Their quarterback choices for the year are Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.
Neither choice inspires a winning feel in Pittsburgh.
However, Trubisky has playoff experience when he took the Bears to a playoff game.
But that playoff path was ridden on the backs of the Bears’ defense.
Yet, someone has faith in him to succeed in Pittsburgh with his signing a deal.
However, if he fails, another quarterback might better suit the team.
With the history of Trubisky and Rudolph under center, the Steelers are better served with drafting a quarterback.
Steelers Scouting Focused On First-Round Quarterbacks And Not Other Prospects
Something that’s both troubling for Trubisky and Steelers fans is a focus on college quarterbacks by Pittsburgh.
This Steelers college quarterback pro day odyssey doesn't say much about their faith in Mitch Trubisky. If they really believed in him, they'd be scouting defensive linemen, linebackers, DBs, WRs. And not 1st round QB prospects.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) March 24, 2022
That could signal they rather groom their future quarterback rather than trust what they have now.
However, they could use this to light a fire under Trubisky going into the 2022 season.
That plan could backfire on Pittsburgh.
It could lead him to feeling betrayed or unwanted by the team.
If they don’t inspire confidence in him, he might return the favor during the 2022 season.
However, doing that would ensure the end of his football career at an early age.
Risks heavily weigh on Pittsburgh and their quarterbacks by drafting a QB in the first-round.
A College Quarterback Could Give Steelers Long-Term Replacement
If a long-term fix 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 talent in this year’s draft is very slim.
But that isn’t stopping Pittsburgh with their eyes on one quarterback since his sophomore season in college.
The Steelers have been sending scouts to watch Howell since his sophmore season. I find it really strange how much they are looking into him given thier history with going after QBs 6'3" and up and Howell is only 6'1".
I really hope they arent thinking about taking him in rd1
— Sir (@DaWang026) January 7, 2022
That player is Sam Howell.
They’ve had eyes on him even while they had Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback.
The Steelers seem to think he’s the long-term replacement for Big Ben.
Of course, that’s if you examine how much time they spent scouting Howell.
With the time they invested in him, he might be the quarterback Pittsburgh drafts in 2022.
Would The Steelers Be Better Served By Waiting One Year Before Drafting A Quarterback?
Some fans seem to think Trubisky deserves one chance in Pittsburgh.
They might believe these things because of his poor coaching in Chicago holding him back.
However, we won’t know if coaching was his problem until he sees time as a starter yet again.
If Pittsburgh drafts a quarterback, Trubisky might not see much playing time.
They might pull him at the first sign of failure.
It would also put a rookie quarterback into the fire of a brutal AFC North.
If they let Trubisky play out the first season with the team, they’d have a better picture of his playing ability.
Also, the 2023 draft class of quarterbacks is better than this year’s class.
It also gives them time to draft weapons now for their quarterback.
These reasons are why they should hold off and wait one year to draft a quarterback.