Should the Steelers still take a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft?

American quarterback Mac Jones of Alabama (10) . Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
American quarterback Mac Jones of Alabama (10) . Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports /
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After the recent signing of QB Dwayne Haskins, the Pittsburgh Steelers can continue to improve the makeup of their QB room. Or should they not?

Seventeen seasons, 60,000 passing yards, & nearly 400 total touchdowns later, the player Pittsburgh Steelers fans have grown accustomed to and is beloved is now standing face to face with the inevitable. Some describe it as Father Time or, in a blunt matter, retirement. However, judging by pure numbers based on last season, a 33-10 TD-to-INT ratio with 3800+ passing yards at a 66 completion rate wouldn’t necessarily appear as a need for replacement.

In doing so with a tampered offensive line throughout the season, virtually no running game, and an offensive coordinator that is no longer with the organization, the needle would seem to fall even a bit further into Ben Roethlisberger’s favor. But, as spectators who weekly followed these games, the natural decline of playing the sport and age has dwindled Roethlisberger’s ability from primarily a consistent standpoint.

Leading to a calling of change at the helm rather sooner than later, the Steelers have begun in doing so by signing 2019’s 15th overall pick, Dwayne Haskins, to a minimum one-year deal. A low-risk, potentially high reward move by the front office, much of the outcome is projected to be determined by mentality instead of talent. Mishaps that led to the fallout in his time with the Washington Football Team, Haskins didn’t perform great in his limited chances but also wasn’t provided the best situation to succeed that the Steelers hope to provide, and should.