Just last month, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. Virtually a month prior to that, the Steelers claimed quarterback John Parker Wilson off waivers after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Currently, this gives Pittsburgh a trio of quarterbacks with Gradkowski, Wilson, and starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
The two new additions marked the end of backup quarterbacks Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich. Furthermore, it gives the Steelers some youth at the quarterback position while simultaneously keeping a good level of experience.
About a week ago, it was reported that Pittsburgh actually wanted to sign Arizona Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer. However, that plan fell through when the Cardinals presented Hoyer with a second-round tender offer worth $2.023 million, which he eventually signed.
Along with the reports of the Steelers’ interest in Hoyer, the possibility of drafting a quarterback in the mid-to-late rounds of the draft also arose. Looking at the entire picture, I definitely see why Pittsburgh’s organization would consider bringing in another quarterback.
Although Roethlisberger is one of the league’s best quarterbacks, he isn’t getting any younger. Selecting a signal caller in this year’s draft could put the team in position to develop him over the final few years of Big Ben’s career, which would give the Steelers a reliable starting quarterback once Roethlisberger calls it quits.
If Pittsburgh does decide to draft a quarterback, all signs point to University of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. Representatives from the organization have already met with Bray prior to his pro day that took place a couple of weeks ago.
After saying all of this, the question still remains. Should the Steelers take a quarterback in the draft? My answer is no. Pittsburgh has too many other positions to address going into the 2013 season. Their main concerns right now are adding a pass rusher and a wide receiver.
In addition to that, the Steelers could use a cornerback, a running back, a tight end, possibly an offensive lineman, and it wouldn’t hurt for them to grab two safeties.
With only eight draft picks and all of these glaring needs, drafting a quarterback wouldn’t make sense this year. I believe the aforementioned positions are far more important. Filling the bigger holes in their roster now could ensure the chance of drafting an even better quarterback next year.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google