The Steelers need to think QB first when they’re on the clock in the 2017 NFL Draft. That’s the case regardless of Roethlisberger’s decision.
Since they took the now 34-year-old Roethlisberger No. 11 Cheap Game Jerseys overall in 2004, the Steelers have drafted only three QBs: Omar Jacobs (’06), Dennis Dixon (’08) and Landry Jones (’13). None were taken before Round 4, and none were drafted to be more than a developmental backup.
Roethlisberger is thinking about walking away because of the high volume of hits and significant wear and tear he has taken as a big, physical quarterback. In that sense, given his injury history, Pittsburgh officials are long overdue in finding a legitimate, long-term plan B.
It’s high time for that more specifically, Thursday April 27, late on Day 1 of the draft.
The Steelers have some more needs to keep up their rebuild on defense. They could use an upgrade at wide receiver, too. But they can address those needs a little later in the selection process.
Due to Cousins’ performance in what many considered a prove-it year, SN’s Vinnie Iyer believes Washington still has plenty of reasons to doubt the quarterback, but it’ll probably sign him, anyway.
Cousins is no longer a young QB who can develop much more, Iyer writes. He’ll turn 29 next August, and the prime and peak is already here. The Redskins need to be wary about overpaying him in relation to the returns. The good news for Cousins is, he still plays for (team owner) Daniel Snyder, who tends to do that with free agents.
As for the 49ers, their pursuit of Cousins largely will depend on who they hire Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys as their next general manager after the firing of Trent Baalke. They reportedly have narrowed their list down to a few finalists.
As for the Redskins, the clock is ticking on their Cousins decision.