The Steelers need to find Ben Roethlisberger’s replacement this offseason. That could result in Pittsburgh becoming a quarterback in Round 1 of this year’s NFL Draft.
It might not be impossible to win in the modern NFL without a good quarterback, but it certainly increases the difficulty for the rest of the roster. That’s why the Steelers will do whatever it takes to land a high-profile successor for Ben Roethlisberger this offseason.
Pittsburgh will be looking at trade options and some intriguing guys available in free agency, but the odds are high that they’ll pick up a new quarterback through the draft. The Steelers currently own the No. 20 overall pick, but there’s a general feeling that if they fall in love with a certain quarterback, Mike Tomlin and the team’s Brain Trust could be poised to step up.
Cornerback is also a need for Pittsburgh, but the majority of prospects on this list will throw the ball professionally rather than trying to intercept it.
5. Matt Corral
Corral doesn’t do much in the Combine due to an injury sustained at the Ole Miss bowl game. That doesn’t do anything to allay Boy Scout concerns about his lack of height and physicality, however. The downside for him as a potential player is that he doesn’t have the body type to take the hits required in the NFL.
Everything else about his college band looks above average. He’s an above-average passer who can get the ball out through a variety of arm slots. Add in his exceptional mobility as a runner and it’s easy to see why NFL scouts are intrigued.
If the Steelers stay in 20th place, they’ll be paying a lot of attention to Corral. He has a high variance as a prospect, but his high cap could make him a bargain towards the end of Round 1.
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