Ranking the 6 best rookie QBs for Steelers before the NFL Combine

Sam Howell #7 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Mississippi Rebels quarterback Matt Corral (2) . Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports /

With the NFL Combine about to start, here is a ranking of the top six rookie quarterbacks and their fit in the Steelers offense.

The NFL Combine is the next domino of the draft to fall, as teams get to meet with and watch prospects test their athletic chops in Indiana. With quarterback being such a vital need, this offseason and the Steelers already showing a lot of interest in the rookies at the Senior Bowl, the odds seem likely they will be all over this group at the combine.

Here is a pre-Combine ranking of the top six rookie quarterbacks for the Steelers:

Steelers 6th best QB fit

Matt Corral has been my least favorite of the top six quarterbacks in this class for some time, and in terms of what the Steelers want in their future franchise player, Corral isn’t it. The Ole Miss product was an insanely productive player in the SEC, but his actual traits as a player make it seem like he is more of a product of the scheme as opposed to supremely talented.

Corral is an athletic enough quarterback who excelled at running RPOs in college. He is smart and can read a defense well which leads to him usually making the correct read by either handing the ball off, throwing a pass, or running it himself.

Unfortunately, most pro teams won’t run the RPO as much as Ole Miss did, meaning that Corral would have to adapt to a different scheme. His arm strength isn’t great either, which would limit him as a franchise passer moving forward.

Add in the fact that he is small (6’1 and there is a real chance he weighs in under 200 pounds) and Corral seems like the worst fit for the Steelers. There are questions with him in cold weather, if his size can hold up, and if he can actually play in an NFL offense.

I see no reason Pittsburgh should be interested in him. He needs to go to a team focused on short passes and ready to aggressively run RPOs. That team isn’t the Steelers right now.