Steelers 7-round mock draft following Terrell Edmunds signing

Leo Chenal #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Bearcats quarterback Desmond Ridder (9). /

Pittsburgh Steelers. Desmond Ridder. 1. player. 55. . Quarterback

When your shortlist has 12 players, and five of them are quarterbacks, and your starter has moved on after 18 seasons, you’re in the market for one. Add to that the untimely passing of Dwayne Haskins; it leaves the Steelers in a bind.

Do you gamble everything on only Trubisky and Rudolph? Surely a 3rd quarterback on the roster makes sense, especially since Trubisky only has a two-year deal, and we all know Rudolph is not the answer in any capacity.

At least, in this case, the Steelers do not need to burn future draft capital and can wait and see how the draft develops. Considering Pickett goes to the Panthers, Willis could go to either the Lions, Seahawks, Saints, or Falcons, although it might be fair to say some mock drafts overestimate the need for a quarterback with the Seahawks and Saints in 2022.

Since they allow the player to fall to them, they can afford to take Ridder. They let him compete, although more than likely, he sits on the bench in 2022, learns the offense, learns a bit from Trubisky and Rudolph, and he works with the quarterback coach. Then in 2023 or 2024, he can take the reigns, or the Steelers trade him if it appears he may not work out.