3 reasons why Steelers must select Kyle Trask in the 2021 NFL Draft

Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11). Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask (11). Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /
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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph (2) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

Mason Rudolph played admirably for the Steelers filling in for Ben after his injury.

It was hard to watch at some points. We saw Rudolph struggle at times to get rid of the ball. We also saw him struggle to get consistent protection. Yet, he held tough and stood tall at the start of him filling in. However, after that devastating hit by Earl Thomas that knocked him out, he didn’t have the same confidence standing in the pocket.

He became a little more flighty in the pocket and was much more reserved when it came to pushing the ball downfield. That resulted in no respect from opposing defenses and it held back one of the best defensive performances any Steelers team has ever had over the course of a season. I give Rudolph credit for the zip he can put on a ball, and he does have a strong arm even by the NFL’s standards. He isn’t a Pat Maholmes throwing the ball 75 yards down the field but he can still launch it. I’m concerned with Rudolph’s lack of confidence pushing it down the field and he doesn’t have the accuracy, ball placement, or touch that I would like to see from a franchise quarterback.

I do think he would be an okay option for a great run offense that asks little of its quarterback, yet the Steelers are far from that and it would take a few years for them to get there. Those years would be wasting such a talented defense. With that being said, I don’t see Mason Rudolph as the quarterback of the future for the Steelers. Establishing that the Steelers don’t have their next franchise quarterback, why should they draft Kyle Trask?