Steelers Continue To Show Interest In Draft’s Top Quarterbacks

We’ll get our answer soon enough but the Pittsburgh Steelers continue to express interest in many of this crop of quarterbacks.

Early today, the Houston Chronicle’s  Aaron Wilson tweeted out the team has some level of interest in Virginia Tech QB Jerrod Evans.

Evans is raw, starting only one year at Virginia Tech after transferring in from a JUCO. But he had a strong season, completing over 63% of his throws for 29 touchdowns to just eight interceptions, choosing to leave school as a junior. That’s in part to his success and in part due to age having turned 23 in January.

Though the Davis Webb chatter has died down, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reminded us yesterday the Steelers are still high on him.

We passed along word last month that Webb was scheduled to come in for a pre-draft visit. But that still hasn’t happened yet and only a few open spots remain for the Steelers. It’s hard to imagine the team seriously considering him without that pre-draft visit, since it’s not believed they were at his Pro Day, making this week an important one to monitor.

Other QBs connected to the team include Patrick Mahomes, Brad Kaaya, and Josh Dobbs. Personally, Kaaya and Dobbs feel like the favorites to be drafted, probably with the team’s third round compensatory selection.

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  • Steelers12

    Evan can be a good qb but that will be 4 years down the road and please God no Davis Webb he is similar to Goff

  • pkeats86

    I really like Evans. IF we are going with a QB later, I would take him over Peterman and Dobbs. He has the tools but, just came out too early.

  • Spencer Krick

    I actually like Evans, I will probably throw something in my apartment if the Steelers take Webb.

  • TrappenWeisseGuy ;

    Mariucci had the top qb’s along with Kurt Warner on his show called game changers or something like that. The only guy who looked out of his element and overwhelmed was Kaaya.

  • VinHuddle

    I’d pass on a QB this yr. I’m not all that positive that Evans, Dobbs, Kaaya, & Peterman are any better than Landry Jones. Just my 2¢ worth

  • Matt Manzo

    Dobbs and Evans are my two hopefulls!

  • newguy68

    Dobbs

  • Ike Evans

    They better not waste a pick on jerrod evans

  • gdeuce

    better not waste a first or second rounder on any of those guys

  • Ray Powell

    Does Evans really count as one of the ‘Draft’s top quarterbacks’?

  • Michael Conrad

    Dobbs in the fifth round is about right.

  • TroymanianDevil

    My first thought as well

  • Jason

    The only qb we could take early that I’d be excited about is Mahomes.

  • Consistent

    Does anyone know who the expected ‘Top Quarterbacks’ of next year’s draft are?

    If this is a down year for QBs,is next year any better?

  • Jeff McNeill

    I believe they are evaluating them like they could draft them but will not draft a QB. I think they want to go back in the years to come and see what they did correct and incorrect, so that when they have to go QB they will have a better idea of what to look for.

  • Jeff McNeill

    Next year has 4 guys who would possibly go as the first QB this year. Sam Darnold of USC, Josh Rosen of UCLA, Luke Falk of WSU, and Josh Allen of Wyoming.

  • T3xassteelers

    Please not Webb.

  • T3xassteelers

    I think Allen is overhyped and in the end will only be a mid-round prospect, personally.

  • T3xassteelers

    I agree with you, but I do feel like Kaaya has the most potential out of all of those guys

  • VinHuddle

    Amen! I have NO clue why he came out early or why some are hoping he’ll be the qb pick.

  • Michael James

    I just don’t get why they would want to draft a QB in the mid rounds. Guys like Kaaya or Evans have less than a 1% chance of becoming franchise QBs, unfortunately that’s exactly what the Steelers are looking for. They want to find a successor for Ben, not a backup. Landry is an ok backup already, we don’t need another one.

  • Wayne’O

    The draft is a crap shoot. They said the same thing about Dak Prescott and look how that turned out. He beat Da Burg, in Da Burg! With Big Ben at QB!

  • Rocksolid20

    I agree Vin , we have Landry and I’d even put him a step ahead of any of the ones we could draft

  • Rocksolid20

    My hopefull is none .

  • Rocksolid20

    Don’t need him , don’t want him .

  • Rocksolid20

    Let’s keep an eye on Dak in year two .

  • Applebite

    Don’t sleep on Evans or Kaaya. At the very least, watch their film, then judge them. Those two are true sleepers, and very few outside the scouting community have bothered to give them any kind of recognition compared to the better known QBs in this draft.

    I like both of their decision making, and they have good arms, capable of making all the throws….and the right kind of throws too. Now, they’re not flawless, they have some things they need to brush up on to be sure. But if you want somebody to groom, I think the Steelers could do worse than Evans and Kaaya. Both of them have broken records for their respective schools, and they have good size too.

    While this draft isn’t awesome in terms of talent at QB, it doesn’t mean most of them are useless. Certainly not these two…

  • Steeler-Drew

    Could not agree more. I have become resigned to they are going to waste a 3rd or 4th round pick on a QB. Essentially wasting a good 3rd round compensatory pick. If they don’t which I fully expect at this point then I will be pleasantly surprised along with presumably yourself and many others.

  • Consistent

    Thanx for the info,I appreciate it!

  • Darth Blount 47

    I’m going to be watching Falk closely this year. If he proves he can be more than just the next Air Raid QB, I’d be excited.

  • Hawkeye

    I’m a Vol fan, and I don’t like Dobbs as quarterback. Especially using a 3rd round pick on him! He reminds me of Terrell Pryor, a good athlete but a bad QB.

  • Jeremy McClurg

    I have been saying if we were to draft a QB in the middle rounds, Jerod Evans would be my first choice. Great size and arm, and he obviously has good accuracy and placement, with a low interception number

  • mhurk

    Any QB drafted this year, I would consider it a wasted draft pick.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Just saw Jon Gruden say he is the best QB in the draft which I totally agree.

  • VinHuddle

    And at least Landry knows the system. Use that pick to dbl dip at edge rusher of cb, maybe a RB that’ll prove beneficial…anything but one of those QBs

  • VinHuddle

    Josh Allen fan here.

  • Matt Manzo

    Me too! But if we took one I’d be ok with those guys if it was a later round.

  • Michael James

    I’ve watched plenty of film and I’m pretty confident in saying none of them will ever be a good NFL starter.

  • Michael James

    How many QBs in the mid-rounds have ever turned out to be franchise QBs? Let’s look at the past 15 years (Brady was drafted before). Can you name other QBs not named Prescott and Wilson that were drafted round 3 or later and turned out to be a franchise QB? Prescott isn’t even a slam-dunk franchise QB yet. He played behind an unbelievable OL last year and they had an incredible run-game. Next season will tell if he’s really that good.
    There were hundreds of QB busts in those round and only two names that stick out. The chances of finding a franchise QB in those rounds is next to nothing.

  • mokhkw

    That’s a hard one to project, I was hoping Mason Rudolph of OSU would come out this year but he decided to go back & is likely a Heisman candidate to start the 17 season.

    Before he decided not to come out, he was projected as being a 3rd Rd pick in this years draft although tbh if the other QBs who were also projected in the 3rd Rd or later in December are now suddenly 1st Rd QBs then Rudolph would have been up there as well.

    If he progresses like he did last season he’ll be the #1 QB picked.

  • harding36

    I’d rather have Webb in the 3rd than any quarterback in the first or second.

  • harding36

    Agree on both. I actually think Dobbs goes in the2nd though. He played behind a terrible line with awful receivers, and he’s super smart. Word is cosches are falling in love with him during the white board sessions.

  • T3xassteelers

    Webb won’t make it to the third. Mahomes is worth a first.

  • harding36

    Agree on Webb. Not on Mahomes

  • Matt Manzo

    Damn! I was hoping they could stay in the middle!

  • T3xassteelers

    You’re wrong my Mahomes haha. Superstar in the making. Seen every home game of his live; he’s special

  • T3xassteelers

    On Mahomes*

  • harding36

    I like him too. Think him, Kizer and Davis Webb are the best QBs in the draft. Really warming to Dobbs too (sorry, not of fan of guys who throw nearly 30 picks in 2 years — Watson — or noodle arm one year wonders — Tribiske, who is Blaine Gabbet v. 2.0.

    And Mahomes might make sense for some teams in the first but not ours. I believe Ben plays 2-4 more years, so I’m loading up now if I’m in charge.

    That would include trading the 1st for Sherman.

    I see no reason, with the right moves, that this team can’t win 2 more titles with BB, AB and bell leading the way. Overall talent on this team is crazy good. Let’s go for it.

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah I gotcha! Just sounded like you weren’t a fan of my guy 😉 haha i like Webb.. he’s just massively overhyped for whatever reason. Mahomes was the one that made him transfer to Cal in the first place lol

  • harding36

    Yep. Mahomes is better. Just rather have Webb in 3rd than Mahomes in 1st. Dobbs in 3rd I’d love. Would hate kaya in 3rd though.

  • harding36

    Looks like Dobbs and Webb will both go in 2nd.

  • Doogie

    Time will tell, but we have Ben for 1 more year at the minimum, so we have time to coach whoever up. I cant see going for one in the first, but maybe Mahomes.. The big thing is how many years is Ben going to play yet? we know we have 1 more, but after that? How does the QB class look for next year? Draft one in the 3rd or 4th, coach them for a year, and if Ben retires you have some idea of how your young QB is going to handle starting. If you dont think they are ready, go first round QB.. Always tough projecting a year ahead.

  • Doogie

    Dave and Alex, can we get a first look article on next years QB crop after this yrs draft? Curious if there are more quality QBs coming out, or is this year better? Is it even possible to look and speculate two years from now? Ask the magic eight ball how long Ben is going to stick around..

  • Matt Manzo

    That’s way too early for me!

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah, I mean it all matters what they think Ben has in the end