How Mitchell Trubisky signing impacts the Steelers draft strategy

Chris Olave #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Chris Olave #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /
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Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave (2). /

So who is the likely draft pick in the first round for Steelers?

Face it; Fields is just playing for a lousy team. Then there is Zach Wilson. Can anyone say, Mark Sanchez? Face it; the 2021 quarterbacks did not produce a Ben Roethlisberger, Tom Brady, John Elway, or Peyton Manning while achieving that immediate stardom.

Here is a bold prediction in 2023, the narrative will be the Steelers could have traded up to get Pickett, Corral, or Willis, yet chose to take the corner, linebacker, or a lineman who ends up on the IR for the next two seasons.

Well, at this stage, it will probably be this simple. If  Willis is on the board, the Steelers may take him. If Willis is gone, the Steelers will make an alternate selection. However, If Howell or Ridder is available as the 52nd pick, they may roll the dice there, although either selection will sit on the bench for a season anyway. At least until Trubisky is injured and Rudolph lays a goose egg or two.

So if the Steelers pass on a quarterback because the one they want is not there, the obvious selection would be Charles Cross, Trevor Penning, Tyler Linderbaum, or Kenyon Green. Keep in mind the Steelers did re-sign Chukwuma Okorafor so a lineman is not a sure bet either.

However, knowing they have Trubisky, it’s just as likely the Steelers will go another route, such as Trent McDuffie, Andrew Booth Jr., or Kaiir Elam. Knowing Trubisky is no Tom Brady, the thought would be to give him weapons, so look at the best wide receiver available Chris Olave, Jameson Williams, or Drake London as potential possibilities.

We still may be in the dark as to how the draft day plays out, but make no doubt many fans are still in shock over the news that Trubisky is the new signal-caller, thus leading to another poignant question. Several weeks ago, Keven Colbert hinted that at least four quarterbacks would compete. The Steelers now have three, and already Trubisky is being hailed as the starter.

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If that’s the case, perhaps there would never be much of a quarterback competition. However, if they are still planning on having a 4th quarterback on the roster by training camp, perhaps there is still another quarterback surprise yet to occur, but don’t bet the farm on it.