3 reasons Steelers must avoid QB in first-round of NFL Draft
By Tommy Jaggi
Each quarterback has big question marks
For what it’s worth, I think most of the top five quarterbacks in this class have reasonable NFL upside. They all tick the box when it comes to mobility and having the ability to extend the play. However, they each have a few sizable question marks that would scare me away from spending a first-round pick on any of them.
Matt Corral and Sam Howell, for instance, come from very gimmicky RPO offenses that are hard to replicate in the NFL. Because of this, it’s hard to get a good gauge of their field vision or project them into a pro-style offense. In addition, Howell, Corral, and Willis each measure in at 6’1” and under — which is a concern for some NFL teams.
Desmond Ridder and Kenny Pickett are taller (6’3”), but they have issues of their own. Ridder played at a small school and showed some very inconsistent short and intermediate accuracy, while Pickett turns 24 years old shortly after the NFL Draft and has only had one good season of college production despite being a fifth-year senior this past season.
Though these quarterbacks have some tools to work with, the reward might not outweigh the risk as the floor could be pretty low for some of these prospects. It’s a scary situation.