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Ben Roethlisberger isn’t going anywhere, but that doesn’t mean the team is set at the quarterback position. Byron Leftwich has missed each of the last two seasons with injuries (part of last year and all of this one). Charlie Batch is the team’s Methuselah. His retirement has to be coming. Dennis Dixon, the petulant child, is looking for a starting job and will likely head off to another team.
The team needs someone new to groom behind Roethlisberger so that there’s depth in place should he get hurt.
The late rounds of the draft are great value areas where teams can find players who aren’t necessarily a need, but that fit as a project or depth guy. If nothing else, they cost nothing in the long run if they don’t pan out. Why not get a player with some experience who might develop into a nice backup or complimentary piece?
The Player Himself
"Athletic" is a great way to describe the guy. He can take off on the run or throw with a strong, accurate arm. He’s a pretty good prospect, but he doesn’t project well in an NFL system. Still, I get the feeling that the Steelers will look for an athletic quarterback that can do multiple things over a poor man’s Roethlisberger or a pocket passer. Jefferson fits that bill, and his effort is a nice bonus.