5 first-round mistakes the Steelers must avoid in the draft

Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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Matt Corral #2 of the Mississippi Rebels. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Steelers can’t settle for a QB over top prospects

Based on the Steelers’ offseason interests, it seems like a safe bet that the team tries to land a quarterback early in this draft. While there is a real chance this team moves up to land a top guy, they have shown an equal amount of interest in the mid-first round guys. It wouldn’t be at all shocking for this team to sit at pick 20 and take the highest quarterback on the board when they are on the clock.

While that plan itself is a mediocre one, there would be even more insult to injury if the Steelers opt to take a quarterback over a potential top prospect at a different position. Names like Jordan Davis and Derek Stingley could see themselves fall to pick 20. If Pittsburgh takes a quarterback like Desmond Ridder or Matt Corral over one of those names, it would be infuriating.

While this team still does need a long-term quarterback, taking a mediocre option just to land a quarterback with superior players still on the board would be a blow to this roster. While there is no guarantee that any top prospect like that falls, ignoring them in favor of a quarterback could have ramifications for years to come.