5 under-the-radar Steelers targets to watch at the NFL Combine

Mike Tomlin and Pittsburgh's brass could have their eyes on these five players at the NFL Combine.

Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) makes a
Dec 30, 2023; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Georgia Bulldogs wide receiver Ladd McConkey (84) makes a / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

This one is going to upset some fans. Depending on what the Pittsburgh Steelers do early in free agency, Bo Nix might not be a possibility. If they go out and pay good money for a QB or even land a trade for a player like Justin Fields, this won't apply. But as of now, Nix could quietly be on their radar.

Whether they want to come out and tell us or not, Mike Tomlin and the front office are wise enough to know that you cannot go into the 2024 season with just Kenny Pickett and a backup like Mason Rudolph (if he re-signs with the team).

Tomlin met with Nix at the Senior Bowl, and it's rumored that some inside the Steelers organization view Nix as the top QB because of his extremely low turnover-worthy play rate and high explosive play rate.

There's no denying that Bo Nix had an exceptional 2023 season on paper, but one has to question whether or not his skill set would be a big enough step up from Kenny Pickett to compete with the cream of the crop in the AFC. Spending this much draft capital on a quarterback three years after taking one in the first round seems a bit out of character for Tomlin, but the pressure is on to win playoff games, and Nix has five years of college experience.

If he's available, and the Steelers think he's a significant improvement, we can't rule him out in the NFL Draft just yet. His performance at the NFL Combine could be key in determining how much interest Pittsburgh could have in drafting him this April.

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