2021 draft: Steelers finally add their QB of the future

Jamie Newman Wake Forest (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
Jamie Newman Wake Forest (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /
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Jamie Newman (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

Round 1:

I’ve gone back and forth with which direction the Steelers could go in the first round next year. It seems likely that offense will be the selection, with top needs at OL and TE likely staring the Steelers in the face, but a defender at LB, NT, or S could also make sense. In the end, though, I think it is time the Steelers invest in life without Ben, so they add Jamie Newman at the end of the first.

While Newman had his ups and downs while at Wake Forest, his transfer to Georgia may allow him to play in a pro-style offense and prove to scouts he is more than just a scrambling QB. Known for his powerful arm and athleticism, Newman could become a top threat at QB similar to how Cam Newton played for much of his career.

That said, he struggled with consistency and accuracy while at Wake Forest. Again, the move to Georgia should give him a constant offense to work with as well as a stable line to protect him (something he was lacking at Wake Forest). Assuming he can cut back on turnovers and improve his accuracy, he would be a fantastic add at the end of the first.

While some fans will lament this selection due to Roethlisberger not retiring, the Steelers have a chance to add a developmental threat to their QB and have control over his contract for five years. That type of flexibility could preserve the Steelers franchise and keep their winning ways going for years down the road.