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)
Sam Howell #7 of the North Carolina Tar Heels. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /
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Malik Willis #7 of the Liberty Flames. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Steelers best QB fit

While his name does cause a bit of division, Malik Willis is my quarterback one assuming he goes to the right team. He has everything you want in a franchise quarterback: the second-best arm in the draft, good accuracy when he has time to throw, and easily the best mobility in the class. His highs make him potentially the best quarterback in this class, but he has a lot of warts as a prospect.

Specifically, his decision-making and processing are far below what the NFL requires. He will regularly take one look and take off and run if his top option is covered. He also has a knack for missing targets when under pressure and forcing passes that shouldn’t be forced. Luckily, those issues can be worked out in time with good coaching, but the key is that he needs time before being a full-time starter.

While he has the biggest bust potential of a quarterback besides maybe Corral, if given the proper time he could be a top quarterback in the league. The Steelers took a prospect that needed to be developed 18 years ago and in time, it worked out pretty well. Willis would need a lot of work and time put in, but assuming the Steelers started a veteran and gave him a season or so to sit and develop, he is easily the best fit for this team.

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The Steelers enter the 2022 offseason with a need for a franchise quarterback. Considering their heavy interest in the quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl, it seems likely that the team continues their research into the combine. As of now, before these players test, these are a ranking of the team’s best fits at quarterback.