Originally written on Steel City Blitz  |  Last updated 11/16/14
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? Ther...
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4 Comments:
  • No it was not! The Steelers needed to upgrade the back up quarterback position. Even if it might take a year. As long as number seven is there Landry is back up. Why not learn from Ben for four or so years. Last time I checked isn't that what Rodgers did in Green Bay? Also according to Biill Polian who was an NFL executive has said on numerous occasions that Landry Jones was the best QB in this year's draft class. Me personally would value Bill's opinion a lot more than the person who just wrote the article that I just read.
  • I also feel that it was a good move to try and get a young QB ready to back up Ben and possibly be ready to take over if Ben gets hurt or when he decides to retire.
  • More than a head scratcher -- it was a waste of a good draft pick! Look at Jerrod Johnson and Dennis Dixon as examples - released, both of them. They shouldn't draft a QB this far out from Ben's retirement. They'll never keep him around long enough. Their 3rd QB could have been a free agent and the pick used on a player that will contribute.
  • Obviously you do not watch the Steelers. You are typical stupid Steeler fan. The Steelers lack a quality back up last year. Colbert said he was drafting a quarterback and he did! Jones is going to be a lot better than Johnson and Dixon.
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