2022 NFL Draft: Steelers to exhaust QB possibilities with aging Ben Roethlisberger continuing to underwhelm

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be among the most aggressive teams exploring the 2022 draft class in pursuit of their next potential franchise quarterback, league sources said, with the team conducting extensive work on the top arms available. For the first time since selecting Ben Roethlisberger 11th overall in 2004, the storied organization could be grabbing a passer in the first round.

That’s not to say that Roethlisberger and/or Mason Rudolph will not be back in 2022 — those decisions have not been made yet — but it is clear to all in that organization that the Steelers need to be as educated on this quarterback class as any team in the NFL, with the potential of them investing significant draft capital to land the right one. There seems to be a growing consensus within the scouting community that five to six passers will merit at least consideration in the first round, with an expectation of three or more being selected on the first night among the evaluators I have spoken to.

The Steelers and Roethlisberger reworked his contract last year to afford some salary cap space after a poor finish to the 2021 season, with the future Hall of…


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