5 budget-friendly quarterbacks Steelers can start in 2022

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Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Brock Purdy (15) Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Steelers could start Purdy

If the Steelers wanted to find a rookie to stream but not commit to long-term, Brock Purdy may be their best bet. The Iowa State quarterback has experienced a lot of success at the college level, but the below-average size and no defining trait make him a probable backup at best at the next level. That said, Purdy is a proven winner in college, and he gives the team his all on every play.

Purdy is a likely mid-late day three pick in this draft class. That means the Steelers would only have to make a minimal investment in order to bring him in. Starting a late-round quarterback is rarely the path to success in the NFL, but Pittsburgh could give him a shot and keep their eye on the 2023 quarterback class in the meantime.

Purdy’s limitations will likely make him an average-below average starter, but for a season or two as a transitional player, the team could do much worse. His play is reminiscent of another on this list, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see a similar career arch for him once he gets drafted. It likely wouldn’t yield long-term results, but Purdy could start in a pinch for a team looking to be in a good position to draft a quarterback.

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