There is no question the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to accomplish something whether through the late rounds of the NFL Draft or in signing undrafted free agent players. That ‘something’ was to find a younger back-up quarterback for Ben Roethlisberger as Byron Leftwich is out of the picture and with Charlie Batch being somewhere near the age of gaining his AARP card.
The Steelers took step towards this goal by signing Bruce Gradkowski this spring. The problem there is that Gradkowski himself is 30 years old and has been nothing short of a journeyman QB.
Yesterday in the third and final day of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Steelers traded a 2014 third round pick to Cleveland in order to move up and take Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas which was a move I liked. It was their original 4th rounder that has me banging my head against a wall. With this pick they chose Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones.
With so many needs and areas to fill depth into, why was drafting Jones here so important?