3 players who are out of the Steelers draft range after making the playoffs
By Scott Long
Quarterback, Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Kenny Pickett isn’t the only quarterback that the Steelers will likely miss out on after making the playoffs this season. Matt Corral is likely to be the second quarterback off the board, and as such, is someone who would likely not last until anywhere near the Steelers’ 20th overall selection.
At 6’0″, 200 lbs., Corral is the smallest of the potential quarterback options in the draft this year, but he has loads of potential. His small stature may scare off a few teams, but his talent is undeniable, and teams have not shied away from taking smaller quarterbacks high. Look no further than two Oklahoma products, Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield, who stand at 5’11” and 6’0″ respectively.
According to ESPN, Corral finished this year with a 67.9% completion percentage, with 20 touchdown passes, and only five interceptions. Last year his numbers were arguably even better as he finished with nine more touchdown passes, 12 fewer yards, and averaged nearly two more yards per pass, but also threw nine more interceptions.
Unlike the other quarterbacks in this class, Corral is only a Junior, so he will not be able to compete in the Senior Bowl like his counterparts, but he still figures to be selected before the Steelers are up on Draft Day.
With the NFL Combine, Senior Bowl, and Pro Days still coming up, plenty can still change with draft rankings, and there will be a more clear picture of what teams could be interested in each player. But as things stand today, barring the Steelers making a surprising blockbuster trade, it doesn’t appear they will be in position to select any of the previously mentioned players.