For the first time in 18 seasons, the Pittsburgh Steelers are going into the 2021 offseason with uncertainty at the quarterback position. Will Ben Roethlisberger return for another season with the Steelers? Regardless of the answer, the Steelers are behind at least 3 years in finding their quarterback of the future. It needs to be addressed even if Ben decides to come back.
Mel Kiper Jr. says now would be a good time for the Pittsburgh Steelers to pull the trigger on a first-round quarterback. Although the Steelers will miss out on top-tier talent like Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, and Mac Jones they could possibly trade up for Trey Lance. Even if it is unlikely for the Steelers to get Trey Lance Kiper feels it still would be a good time to draft a quarterback.
Mel Kiper Jr on Jamie Newman being a good fit for the Steelers: “Once you know you have the guy, you’re set for a long, long time,” Kiper said. “You’re ahead of everybody else in the league. Look at all the teams that are changing. If you can find that guy, you’re in really good shape. If I’m looking at the quarterbacks this year for the Steelers if I can’t get one of those five, I’m not really in a position to trade up to get one unless Trey Lance drops down, then I would think Newman. Newman would be an interesting guy for them in maybe late second, third round.”
It is unclear if the Steelers will be drafting a quarterback or bringing one in from free agency. Both Art Rooney II and Kevin Colbert have been adamant about adding one more to their quarterback room in 2021. It would be wise to stop kicking the can down the road and get their quarterback of the future this year if they're available during the draft. If Trey Lance makes it past the 9th pick the Steelers could trade with the Cowboys into the 10th spot and take him or they can wait until round 2 or 3 to see if Jamie Newman falls.