6 reasons the Steelers will not take a QB in 2022 NFL Draft

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Steelers are short on draft picks

Assuming the Steelers are out of the top ten of the draft, that leaves trading up as the only potential way to land their quarterback. Moves like that are never cheap, and the team has never been one to make aggressive moves up in the draft. Outside of Devin Bush and Troy Polamalu, this team is more than likely to stand pat and see what prospects fall to them in any given draft class.

If the Steelers do have a quarterback that they fall in love with though, and he isn’t projected to fall to them, the team doesn’t have much to offer up in a trade. This draft is devoid of picks after the Steelers traded away their fourth-sixth round picks for various different players. As of now, they have their first three picks and two seventh-round picks secured.

They are projected to receive at least a third-round comp pick for Bud Dupree signing with the Titans. They have a potential fifth-round pick coming their way as well, but that is far more up in the air after the Ahkello Witherspoon trade. More than likely, the team will have just six picks in the draft.

This means a move-up will require the team to give up resources in 2023. While the team has a history of trading away future picks, typically those are mid-late round choices, not first-round picks that are usually involved in a deal like this. Trading up for their quarterback of the future is a possibility, but the team is lacking the resources needed to make such a move on paper.