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Stop me if you’ve heard this before: I don’t think that there are any quarterback prospects who are worth drafting in the top 25.
Typically, with bad teams tending to overvalue quarterbacks, and staying bad because of it, there are teams to pick on when it comes to trading down. This year, I’m having trouble seeing it.
I would love for this to be incorrect. However, most of the teams that would even consider drafting a quarterback in the first round are picking in the top 10 anyway. In order to snag a pick from them, Pittsburgh would have to trade out of the first round entirely.
If a team like Kansas City or Buffalo decides to pass on its quarterback of the future (or, more likely with this class, quarterback of the next three seasons or so) with its first pick, what is its incentive to trade back into the first round? The teams behind them will not be threats to select quarterbacks, and guys like Tyler Wilson, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Bray, Matt Scott and Landry Jones will still be there at the top of the second round.
There’s no reason for teams to cough up valuable draft picks when they can land these prospects with their second- or even third-round selections.
If the Steelers are going to trade down, it won’t be with a team trying to land a quarterback. An unlikely, yet possible scenario is if these teams do take a quarterback in the first round, they may covet a top-tier receiver to pair with them. If Keenan Allen or Cordarrelle Patterson are players that these teams covet, the door is at least partially open for a trade if they’re available. Once again, it’s a tough match to make.