5 players Steelers will no longer consider in the 2022 NFL Draft
By Tommy Jaggi
Steelers won’t draft QB Carson Strong
Earlier in the NFL Draft process, Carson Strong was a name that was on the radar as a late first-round pick, according to many draft analysts. Recently, however, his first-round buzz has really died off. This doesn’t mean that there’s not an odd chance that someone will take him at the tail end of the first, but it seems unlikely.
After what we know now, you can officially cross Strong off as a candidate for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2022 NFL Draft. Strong didn’t make a lot of sense to me, to begin with. As Mike Tomlin stressed the importance of mobility at the QB position in today’s NFL, it was clear to see that this was not Strong’s forte.
After Mike Tomlin, Kevin Colbert, Teryl Austin, Omar Khan, and two other representatives chose Pitt’s Pro Day to watch Kenny Pickett on the same day, it clearly shows that Pickett is a candidate and Strong is not.
I wouldn’t rule him out entirely if he happens to fall to the 52nd overall pick and the Steelers haven’t drafted a quarterback by then. However, he just never seemed like the type of player Tomlin wanted as his next franchise QB.
As we continue to monitor Pro Day visits, it will become increasingly clear which players are on Pittsburgh’s draft radar, and which players we can officially cross off as options in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.