5 QB options that make no sense for the Steelers (and 4 that do)

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields (1)
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Doesn’t make sense for the Steelers: Bo Nix

There is a large contingent of Steelers fans who want this team to draft a quarterback in the first round of this draft. Typically, I would agree with that strategy, as drafting and developing a quarterback is a gamble, but when it works off, you often have a franchise player on your hands.

The Steelers issue is their draft position, as the 20th overall pick isn’t lining up for this team to land a premium rookie. The aforementioned top names will already be off the board, and more than likely the best quarterback left will be Bo Nix. While drafting a quarterback in the first round is at least dedication to trying and better the position, the process would be flawed.

For starters, it wasn’t until Nix transferred to Oregon that he really found his footing as a starter, and it wasn’t until his last season in college that he played like a potential first-round pick. Sound familiar? It should, as Pickett was a nearly identical story during his final seasons in college. Playing five seasons in college is an advantage for any quarterback.

Nix also lacks a lot of the elite traits that you want in a dynamic quarterback. Do I think he is a better prospect than Pickett? Yes, but I don’t think he will transform an offense and turn a team into a competitor. If you aren’t getting that out of your quarterback long-term, it is hard to justify taking them in the first round.