3 reasons Steelers should draft their future quarterback in 2021

Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11). Mandatory Credit: Brad McClenny-USA TODAY NETWORK
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask (11). Mandatory Credit: Brad McClenny-USA TODAY NETWORK /
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The Steelers have a very important decision to make in April. Here are three reasons why this could be the perfect year to draft a quarterback.

I give Ben Rothlisberger a lot of credit for what he has been able to do this year. At 38 years old, Ben fought his way back from a very serious injury to his throwing elbow to play a 17th season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. While we wish he could continue on as the leader of this team forever, we know that his time will quickly be coming to an end.

It’s entirely possible that the Steelers could elect to give him one more extension in an effort to free up money next season, but even if they do, we know that drafting a future quarterback soon is inevitable. Roethlisberger has been one of the single-most-important players in the history of this franchise, but signs of aging are catching up with him. Here are three reasons why 2021 could be the perfect year for the Steelers to draft their future quarterback:

Ben isn’t going to last much longer

Though he has posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio of his career, Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t have the same zip on his ball, and it has been a headache watching him trying to connect with receivers down the field. Early in his career, these were two of his best traits, but that is no longer the case.

Now, in an effort to protect one of the oldest quarterbacks in the league, Pittsburgh has built their offense around getting rid of the ball in under 2.5 seconds. Unfortunately, this has really capped their offensive potential in 2020. In addition, Ben ranks near the bottom of the league in many advanced analytics at the quarterback position, according to PlayerProfiler.com. As his skillset becomes much more limited, we can see the end in sight for the future Hall of Fame quarterback.