Steelers Continue To Show Interest In Top College Quarterbacks

Several weeks ago, we noted the Pittsburgh Steelers’ apparent interest in Wyoming QB Josh Allen. The team sent scouts to the Wyoming/Iowa game, presumably, with a focus on Allen. Yesterday, the Steelers sent more scouts to watch Wyoming.

Via Chris Pika.

Of course, scouts probably aren’t there to only watch Allen. And they’re likely area scouts, meaning some of this is just due diligence. Still, it’s especially interesting to be able to note it twice. For obvious reasons. You obviously know the soon-to-happen debate and question mark over Ben Roethlisberger’s future once this season ends. It’s almost impossible to think he’ll play more than another three years and he could retire as soon as this season ends. Who knows, and my guess is that Roethlisberger isn’t anywhere close to making a decision.

That means that from an organization standpoint, you have to work with the ongoing assumption he’s going to retire after the season. Better safe than sorry, better to have a good feel for the position than trying to play catch up.

As for Allen, it’s been a difficult season. Before Saturday, he was completing just 57.6% of his passes and thrown just seven touchdowns to four picks. He’s had ugly games against the best competition he faced. A dud versus Iowa and he completed nine passes in consecutive weeks, including a loss to Oregon.

But he’s big with a live arm and mobility, someone who is likely to draw comparisons to Roethlisberger leading up to April’s selections.

Maybe even the bigger story, which I’m tacking on after originally writing this, was the Steelers sending heavy hitters to the USC/Notre Dame game. Hat tip to friend of the site Carlos.

 

Again, lot of talent to watch but USC QB Sam Darnold surely is the headliner. However, like Allen, Darnold has struggled and there are plenty of rumors he will stay in school for his senior year.

The focus is on what’s happening right now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. But once it comes to a close, you can bet you’ll hear a lot about Josh Allen and Sam Darnold – and the rest of this QB class.

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  • capehouse

    Matt Miller is still waving Josh Allen’s flag around. Says the NFL still loves him despite what twitter says. You’d like to think one of these QBs will drop into our lap at the end of the 1st rd, but we’ll probably have a bigger need at TE or Safety and those positions usually have better value at the end of rd 1.

  • Stuck in Ravens country

    Its tough to think that many of these 1st round QBs will be available by the time the Steelers pick. Even if the Steelers wanted to trade up for it, they would be out of reach. Granted Josh Allen is ranked to go in the end of the 1st round on CBS 2018 Draft Prospect rankings but typically QBs get picked early. I heard recently that Josh would probably be going 3rd pick overall with 2 QBs in front of him. What are all the teams looking for a QB in the first round? My guess would be:

    – New England (either it’s a new QB or a better offensive line)
    – Buffalo (They are ready to move on from Taylor)
    – NY Jets (McCown isn’t what they’re looking for)
    – Pittsburgh
    – Cleveland (yep… I wouldn’t be surprised if they did it again… and picked the worst one again)
    – Baltimore (Flacco looks really bad… they may be wanting to move on)
    – Cincinnati (They are ready to move on from Dalton)
    – Jacksonville (Bortles was a bust)
    – Denver (Time for another attempt)
    – LA Chargers (Rivers is as old as Ben)
    – Washington (Rumor is Cousins is moving on to maybe San Fran)
    – NY Giants (Eli is done)
    – San Francisco (Although they may sign Cousins)
    – Minnesota (Bradford may be done for his career)

    That’s 13 teams looking for a QB (assuming Cousins moves from Washington to another of these teams).

    Bottom line, if the Steelers want a top QB talent, they’ll have to give up a lot of draft picks. They’ll be better off improving the team around the QB, let one of the current backups start, and tank it for a year, then get a QB.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    We got Lynn Swann at USC too. I’m sure he will provide some good gouge to the Steelers.

    If Ben plays next year (he will); he will tie Mike Webster for the most seasons ever played by a Pittsburgh Steeler at 15. They better be looking at quarterbacks. Ben might play through 2019 for a 16th season but don’t see him going beyond that right now.

  • SouthernSteel

    If anything…looks like Andrew luck might be done…IND scouting hard for QBs

  • Rob H

    The Steelers would never tank an entire season the way the Colts did to get Andrew Luck (which hasn’t exactly worked out how they envisioned), but I’ve heard the idea of starting someone like Dobbs for a season floated out there already. The idea is valid, they could then get an accurate gauge on what his ceiling is, and if he doesn’t work out as a starter, they would at the very least be in a better position to nab a falling Qb, or trade up to get one without giving up a king’s ransom.

    I still think that unless the bottom really falls out for Ben that he will finish his contract though, and they will just continue to evaluate all of the top QB’s coming out, just like they did last year, just in case they get lucky and one they really like falls to them, that QB could then take a year or two to get up to speed.

  • blue

    Lamar Jackson is the pick, will be next years D Watson, pass on him and regret later.

  • WreckIess

    It’s been a bit of a tough season for both of them honestly from what I’ve been hearing.

    Josh Allen has all the traits you want to see, but the protection and weapons just aren’t there for him. Even still, on the times when everything is perfect for him he’s still known to be pretty erratic with his throws so it’s hard to give him the benefit of the doubt like I could with someone like Patrick Mahomes. I haven’t seen too much from Darnold yet though, but from what I’ve heard from guys like Ledyard, he just isn’t ready.

  • Steelers12

    No way he is there when we pick

  • jconeoone C

    No way man. Lamar can’t pass the ball like Watson. He may get there but will take more time than Watson did.

  • WreckIess

    I don’t think Lamar Jackson makes it to the 20s. He’ll probably go top 10 or at the very least top 15.

  • pittfan

    Darnold picked a bad time to lay an egg though most of the blame goes to his defense. NDs Oline sure got some looks though.
    Btw, Its for good reason we call SC the University of Spoiled Children.

  • DirtDawg1964

    They have way too much talent elsewhere on the roster to make a tank job work. Hobbs or Landry could get us 8 wins. They wouldn’t lead us to the 2 or 3 you’d need to pick at the top of the draft.

  • Chuck Jones

    that kid mcsorley looked real good, his touch was outstanding

  • Chuck Jones

    I agree with you Rob about the Steelers not tanking the season, it is not the Rooney way

  • John

    While there is QB fever to some extent during the draft, that generally applies to 6’4″ guys that are 225 and played in pro style offense while looking good in college. Say Josh Rosen. As to other guys, many of them will fall into the 20s or even rounds 2-3. No need to overdraft guys and trade picks to do so. Lamar Jackson will be a great debate for GMs. Nobody knows what he will be in the NFL and he is not classic size. Let’s just sit tight and see what is available.

  • Frank K

    Washington State QB Luke Falk

    -This is a guy who should legitimately be talked about as the #1 overall pick.
    -Best QB I’ve seen come out of the Pac-12 since: Luck, Mariota and yes, Aaron Rodgers.
    -Very very high football IQ
    -Can make every NFL throw
    -Complete gamer
    -Winner
    -IT factor

    We should be praying this man falls to us in the 1st round.. I’ve been watching Pac-12 football for the past 20+ years and this is truly one of the special ones.

  • gentry_gee

    Big Ben was a godsend. He will be sorely missed. It’s hard to win in this league w/out a solid franchise QB. And so far Tomlin & Colbert have really missed the mark with their picks for QB. Steelers got lucky with Ben and will need that luck again. Going forward they should build the team around Bell. It’s his team now really.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Also threw 5 picks recently…….can’t wait for that to be the only memory the arm chair GMs have of him if he is selected by the Steelers haha

  • StolenUpVotes

    If we select him we will regret it. The dude is not an NFL QB at this point in time

  • Talyn Scarbrough

    I said this exact same thing. You know that Lynn Swann is in contact with the Steelers over Darnold. Darnolds stats aren’t pretty right now but a lot of that isn’t his fault. He’s basically got a patchwork offense right now around him.

  • blue

    He can put up more points than Ben next year.

  • Darth Blount 47

    I like Mason Rudolph, Baker Mayfield, and Luke Falk. But not necessarily in that order. Allen, Rosen, Darnold, and Jackson, if they all enter, would make for a pretty incredible slate of guys to pick from. And that is not including a few others. Should be interesting to watch.

  • Bryan

    I really hope we draft one in the first this year. Even if Ben plays 2 more years after this one it would be nice to get them some time behind Ben and to get adjusted to the NFL. Even if we have to trade up to the teens to draft one I think it’s finally time to get serious about Bens successor. Personally I would love Lamar Jackson, but there are a number of QBs that I could see being good that end up in the mid 1st, whether that be Lamar Jackson, Falk, Rudolph, Allen, or somebody I missed. It will definitely be weird, as I started watching football in 2004, so basically I’ve seen the entire Big Ben era, but nothing before that, so I have a weird combination of excitement, anxiousness, and nervousness about what happens after Ben leaves.

  • Steeldog22

    +1 on Falk.

  • StolenUpVotes

    I think you are going to be disappointed by his NFL production as a QB

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m not a fan of Darnold!
    Fitzgerald from Miss St is my guy!

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    No one to see Baker Mayfield? Shame.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Im really high on Mayfield.

  • greeny

    Hopefully the scouts will notice Nick Stevens from CSU when they play Wyoming. Allen has yet to show anything against a difficult opponent.

  • KiJana Haney

    I would be amazed if we didn’t grab a qb in this year’s draft. I love ben but this is the best qb class I have seen.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I would prefer signing Jimmy Garoppolo as a FA next year over drafting a QB in the first round.

  • WreckIess

    I mean he’s not far off from the prototype. He’s 6’3 212 with a big arm, accuracy, and probably the most mobility seen out of a QB since Vick. Unless he comes up with some character issues he’ll get drafted pretty early.

  • nutty32

    Sam Darnold is a sophomore not a junior. He’s heavily hinted that he’s not going to come out after this year in every interview to date.

  • CuldesacBill

    I’m a fan of Josh Rosen from UCLA. Big year for QB’s in the 2018 NFL Draft.

  • AndyR34

    I been watching Steelers since the mid-50’s…you definitely should be about the last two of those three.

  • Jon Crissinger

    I am the exact opposite on Mayfield. Do not like him in the least bit as an NFL passer.

  • francesco

    I really liked what I saw from the Notre Dame QB…Wishburn is his name?

  • Darth Blount 47

    Wimbush. Lol.

  • blue

    Not, stick to your guns and have a backbone lil man.

  • LucasY59

    I kinda agree I think he and Jackson are talented College QBs but I dont think they will transition to the NFL as well as some of the other QB prospects

  • Jon Crissinger

    Running quarterbacks man. Jackson and Mayfield have all the talent in the world and even have good arm talent, but too quick to run. In terms of who I think will be more successful in the NFL, I like Jackson still over Mayfield. His running ability is amazing and he really improved big time as a pocket passer so far this year.

  • LucasY59

    I would be worried that Jackson could be another RGIII and Mayfield another Manziel, so I would pass on both…but both could be gone before the Steelers pick which could make it so a Allen or Falk are available instead