Steelers draft: Why QB Kellen Mond could be on Pittsburgh’s radar
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers may want to stray from outdated draft trends
The Steelers apparently have a thing for big quarterbacks. The roster is currently full of players who are currently at least 6’4” and at least 230 pounds. Pittsburgh reportedly had first-round grades on both Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins coming out of college, and something tells me their stature played a factor in that.
Unfortunately, the Steelers also only have quarterbacks who must operate inside the framework of the pocket, and though they have great size, they are all poor athletes. Anymore, there is no correlation between a quarterback’s size and how successful they will be in the NFL. Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, and Deshaun Watson are all 6’2”, while Russell Wilson stands at just 5’11”.
What these quarterbacks do have in common, however, is the ability to move to and extend plays. Apart from spending a fourth-round pick on Joshua Dobbs in 2017, Pittsburgh has mainly only drafted big, tall quarterbacks in recent years. At 6’3” and 217 pounds, Mond doesn’t fit their typical description. However, with Matt Canada calling the shots on offense in an ever-changing NFL, perhaps the Steelers will consider shifting their typical draft trends when it comes to the quarterback position.
It’s hard to say whether or not the Steelers are going to be interested in a player like Kellen Mond, but he does have the college experience Pittsburgh typically covets. With rumblings that Mond could go much earlier than expected, this is a player you should keep an eye on.