Final ranking of the top six quarterbacks for the Steelers
By Andrew Falce
Steelers best fit
Simply put, with a quarterback in place to start this year and a capable backup in Mason Rudolph, the Steelers should be targeting the quarterback with the highest ceiling. That is without a doubt Malik Willis. If the team does opt for a quarterback, taking the prospect with the most upside makes sense here, as Willis is the only draftable quarterback with star potential in this class.
That doesn’t mean he is a perfect prospect. Far from it, in fact. To me, he resembles a young Josh Allen when he came out of Wyoming a few years back. Willis has a cannon of an arm and can make plays on the ground, but he has horrible swings in his game and struggles to process through reads. His mechanics as a passer are off on top of all of this. He shouldn’t see the field until at least his second season.
That all said, Allen developed into a capable starter in this league, and Willis has that same potential. He will need consistent mechanics work early in his career, but the possibility of becoming an elite quarterback over a middling option should be enough for the Steelers. Willis has flaws and plenty of risks attached to his name, but his ceiling makes him the best fit for the team if they want a quarterback in this draft.
The Steelers have made their interest in a quarterback clear. Despite this class not boasting a top name, there are some players with good traits to build around. Of the six top prospects, this is my final ranking for what their fit is with the Steelers as the draft approaches at the end of the month.