Steelers need to skip these 5 potential busts of the 2022 NFL Draft
Sam Howell isn’t worth the gamble in the first round for the Steelers
Sam Howell has been getting some attention to the Steelers throughout the college season and during the draft process. The team has not shied away from the fact that they are doing their homework on this quarterback class. They want to draft a signal-caller early in the event, primarily in the first round at some point.
It is going to be tricky as the club needs to decide if they want to trade up, stay where they are at 20, or trade back on night one. They could even wait and hope one of the top quarterbacks in this class falls to their second-round selection. That last scenario is unlikely to happen, and Pittsburgh will probably need to overdraft a player.
Over drafting will cause some issues, especially with a lesser quality class in 2022. Howell is no exception to this lesser status when compared to past signal-callers entering the league. This North Carolina product has some nice traits, but he also has some very questionable ones as well.
He is basically a bigger and probably more skilled version of Baker Mayfield when he can be fully developed. He will need time to grow, and his youth will allow him that adjustment period. This quarterback just hasn’t gotten better statistically during his time in college, blame it on his team if you want, but it’s not like he would be inserted into the deadliest offensive attack in the NFL either.