5 questionable draft trends the Pittsburgh Steelers must rethink

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Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Only draft big quarterbacks

I don’t know what it is about the Steelers and big quarterbacks, but this is something they will always look for in the NFL Draft and often times in free agency. Though there is no correlation between a quarterback’s size and their quality of play, Pittsburgh still seems to abide by this ridiculous draft trend.

Right now, you could make a case the other way around. While it’s true that it was a 6’5” quarterback who most recently won the Super Bowl in Tom Brady, Patrick Hahomes, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson, and Dak Prescott are all 6’2” and under. But this doesn’t stop the Steelers from looking for massive signal-callers.

Pittsburgh has not drafted a quarterback under 6’3” since taking Tee Martin in the 5th round of the 2000 NFL Draft. Their only two quarterbacks inside the first three rounds over the past 20 years (Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph) were both about 6’5” and nearly 240 pounds entering the league. This could just be dumb luck, but size seems to matter a lot to them at the quarterback position – which is probably why they reportedly had a first-round grade on Rudolph coming out of the 2018 NFL Draft.