Are the Steelers top-3 NFL Draft options all quarterbacks?

Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Photo by Logan Whitton/Getty Images)
Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Photo by Logan Whitton/Getty Images) /
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We know how much the Steelers would like to land their next franchise QB. Here’s why it’s possible it will come down to one of these three players.

Over the years, there have been many signs that give away the position that the Pittsburgh Steelers will target with their first pick in the NFL Draft. While many assume this is a game of chess for Kevin Colbert, it’s more like checkers.

Like most teams, the Steelers really don’t do a good job of disguising their interests — this has been evident since I have followed along intently over the years throughout their offseason process. Last year, we knew they were eying a running back early (Najee Harris), just like we knew that the Steelers loved Devin Bush in 2019.

Quarterback is the goal for Pittsburgh this year. That doesn’t ensure that they will take one in the first round, but it’s looking like their top three options in the 2022 NFL Draft might all be at the QB position:

Steelers No. 1 option: QB Malik Willis

Since the 2021 season, this is a player that was reportedly high on Pittsburgh’s radar, and this became abundantly clear very early in the pre-draft process. The Steelers brass has been infatuated with Malik Willis since the Senior Bowl, and I can assure you that interest didn’t change after seeing his skills on display at the NFL Combine.

The biggest question for the Steelers when it comes to Willis is availability, as it seems increasingly unlikely that he will be on the board when pick 20 rolls around. I believe that Pittsburgh likes Willis enough to move up for him in the 2022 NFL Draft, but how high will they be willing to go.

I’ve said since January that I really believe Malik Willis is the goal for Colbert this year, but if they aren’t able to come away with him, there are two other quarterbacks who could be really high on Pittsburgh’s draft radar.