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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Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) (Photo Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports) /

Pushing the stock into Haskins

With Roethlisberger slated to return in 2021, Haskins on the bench, cash strapped as a team, and an offense desperately needing a foundation upfront, losing investments for one that will likely not show its value for a whole season, sets the team back even further. Although the favorite for a name like Trey Lance at ten could pay dividends in the future, that may be the only hope in making a move like that unless someone falls.

As stated earlier, Haskins can boast ability but has to convince if his focus is on football, which the Steelers should find out. Pushing the stock into him as a player doesn’t mean starting reps, although it’s still a need, but his approach to the sport.

In this culture, one built by an owner, GM, & head coach, has a proven history of creating discipline better than most; how does Haskins approach the game? From learning under Roethlisberger, which could significantly impact his on-field performance, to his attitude in the film room, practice, and in the locker room.

Someone with more natural ability than any other QB behind Ben on the roster now, and will than any prospect that will likely be there at 28, coupling that with the deal given to him, they can’t do any better. So how will Haskins respond to the environment? With Ben entering into his 18th year and recent injury history, the scenario is set up perfectly to test that theory.

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Build the line for the future, find an RB to take over the lot, aid the defense on the second and third levels, & roll with the thought that it’s Haskins or bust this year. The Steelers don’t have a lot of flexibility & maybe even another veteran on the sideline could help Dwayne throughout the year.