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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National Squad quarterback Carson Strong of Nevada (12). Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports /

Steelers 4th best QB fit

Without a doubt in my mind, Carson Strong is the best pure passer in this upcoming draft class. He makes good decisions, has an incredible arm, and can use his accuracy to drop a pass wherever it needs to be. Had he entered the league 10-15 years ago, he would have been a safe first-round choice and a potential top 15 pick at that.

His sole issue is unfortunately a big one, as his mobility isn’t good. While many overblow the need for a mobile quarterback, at a minimum you have to be able to move around in the pocket and run away from pressure. Strong has never been that great at doing that. Though the Steelers don’t need a quarterback that can scramble constantly, they need a player who can at least move around and escape pressure.

On top of this, Strong’s knees have come into question. It seems like his mobility is only going to get worse as his knees continue to regress. While his throwing ability will likely make him an early starter, I don’t see him lasting long in the NFL as his knees get worse.

Strong needs an elite line to keep pressure away (something the Steelers don’t have and won’t even with some investments there in the offseason). I like Strong as a passer, but the fact of the matter is he would be a poor short and long-term fit with the Steelers.