3 reasons Steelers must avoid QB in first-round of NFL Draft

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Steelers shouldn’t settle when it comes to the most important position

The third reason the Steelers should pass on a quarterback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft comes down to a difference in philosophy. While some owners and general managers might argue that they simply want a competent quarterback in place at all times that can help their team stay competitive, I’ve recently argued that getting stuck in “quarterback limbo” is one of the worst things that can happen to a franchise.

By settling for a quarterback who is below NFL average, how far is that going to get you? What is the ultimate goal? Is it to try to get to .500 every year or to compete to win a Super Bowl?

If the Steelers spend elite draft capital to grab a quarterback early, they are going to give him multiple seasons (perhaps his entire rookie contract) before they decide it’s time to move on. If they do find a quarterback who is just good enough (like Daniel Jones or Andy Dalton), that QB will likely only prevent you from getting high draft choices in the future while not being good enough to compete with the best the NFL has to offer.

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The Steelers really need to consider all of these factors and really know what they are getting themselves into before they elect to spend their top draft choice on a quarterback. I certainly won’t root against the guy they end up drafting just to say “I told you so,” but I disagree with taking a QB in a pretty weak class in 2022.