Look..I get it. Many of us Pittsburgh Steelers are most likely scratching our craniums over the recent signing of quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Wondering why the organization didn’t go after a DeShaun Watson or even a Jimmy Garoppolo. Well..their is a definite method to this madness, and I believe I know what it may be.
So without further ado..#HereWeGo
1) Despite the accolades coming from “soon-to-be” retired general manager Kevin Colbert, Mason Rudolph was not going to be the Steelers offensive leader this season..or any season for that matter. So for him to make such an asinine comment while heading out the door was somewhat laughable to me.
The fact that Rudolph has been sub-par as a backup to “BIG” Ben Roethlisberger and could not for his life beat the Cleveland Browns is fact of that.
2) Enter Mitch Trubisky. Once again although I was confused about his signing at first. I now comprehend what the Steelers are up to, and that is to basically stir the QB Pot. Because let’s face it, the organization is not looking to Trubisky to be the successor to #7. If that were so, why did the Buffalo Bills draft Josh Allen last season? 🤔
Even with the 2-year deal that Mitch Trubisky signed, he is not the answer and I am sure he knows this. Just bargaining chip for the organization to get what they want for the long haul. Like the signing of Dwayne Haskins last off-season, that coaxed Roethlisberger to reconsider retirement..the signing of Trubisky just means to the other QB’s “SHOW IF YOU’RE WORTH IT” or you’re out the door.
THE OBVIOUS: Pittsburgh will still be drafting a quarterback in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft, whether that be Malik Willis, Kenny Picket(via trade up) or another remains to be seen. And with that pick it will push each and every quarterback on the roster to the limit. Because each will be wondering who will get that notice to empty their locker.
Keep in mind..Trubisky has a chance to start this season and most likely looking at the depth chart will. But do you really see him, Rudolph or Haskins as a mentor to the incoming quarterback? Two 1st Rounders..one third(Rudolph)..neither can lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to another Super Bowl. But the quarterback the Steelers will draft in the first round like Big Ben definitely will. Mark my words. #HereWeGo
Ok, I am not going to waste anytime with a bunch of long winded reasons behind my 2022 NFL Draft Predictions..I am just going to get right into which positions I believe the Pittsburgh Steelers will draft in the first three(3) rounds. So without further ado..#HereWeGo
FIRST ROUND: 20TH PICK..(QB) MALIK WILLIS..LIBERTY COLLEGE
At 6 foot 1 inches..weighing 225 pounds, Malik Willis may not be a “BIG” Ben sized quarterback, but he is a very..scratch that..an EXTREMELY mobile quarterback who is very accurate as well. His decision making has improved over his three(3) years at Liberty, and let’s face it. In the dominating AFC North..quarterbacks need to have mobility to deal with the speed of the defenses.
Although Malik may be considered by most NFL experts as “not NFL ready” compared to Kenny Picket, his style of play suits the Steelers offense more than any other quarterback in the draft. Place him behind a DeShaun Watson or a Jameis Winston for a year or so, Pittsburgh could be looking at their quarterback of the future.
SECOND ROUND: 52ND PICK..(OT) MAX MITCHELL..LOUISIANA
Mitchell, who stands at 6’6 and weight 297 pounds started at left and right tackle for the Ragin’ Cajuns, earning All-Sun Belt Conference accolades. He does, however need to correct a couple of bad habits and get stronger, but what offensive lineman doesn’t?
His foot quickness, play speed and length offers Mitchell a chance to stick as a backup swing tackle in a zone-based scheme as starter potential down the road. Especially within a deep run-heavy offense. Something that the Steelers will be needing after the drafting of Najee Harris last season.
THIRD ROUND: 84TH PICK..(DT)..PHIDARIAN MATHIS..ALABAMA
Although older than most at 24 years old, Mathis, is a 6’4″..312 lb defense tackle who could definitely become a cheap cost asset in the trenches. And with the potential departure of Stephon Tuitt this offseason, Phidarian is one draft pick that can cause Pittsburgh to shift its priorities.
Even with the return of Tyson Alualu, who the Steelers love, he will be turning 35 years old very soon. Plus after coming off a season ending ankle injury last year, there is no guarantee that he will be the same dominant player he has been in past years. Isaiahh Loudermilk looked promising during his rookie season, but the Steelers still need help along the defensive interior.
So there it is..for now. Keep in mind that Mock Drafts subject to change over free agency. Feel free to comment me with your “DRAFT WISH LIST.” #HereWeGo
Let’s understand, for the last 5 out of 6 years I have gotten each first round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers correct (no 1st round pick in 2020 due to the Minkah Fitzpatrick 2019 trade). So now it’s time to make it a cool 6 out of 7 this year. Having said that..
FIRST ROUND: (20th To 10th Pick) QB MALIK WILLIS (LIBERTY)
It is inevitable. I see the Steelers trading up has been the staple of their draft over recent years. And I really don’t see the 2022 draft being any different. Especially during this Post-Roethlisberger era the organization is going through at this point and time.
Willis, although only standing at 6′ 1″ has the intangibles that Pittsburgh needs at the quarterback position. Especially going against the likes of Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow and questionably..Baker Mayfield and their defenses twice a season. And those intangibles are mobility.
If the highlights don’t convince you, NFL Network’s draft analyst, Daniel Jeremiah seems to have the same feelings about Malik.
“He’s got a huge arm,” Jeremiah said. “He’s not real tall … but he’s built. He’s a powerfully built guy who can drive the ball. At the Senior Bowl when it was raining and everyone else was struggling, he didn’t have any issues whatsoever. This guy can really power the football. He can make all the throws, he can create and you can use the designed run game with him.”
Like Roethlisberger, Willis is from a small, unknown college. But what stands out to me with Jeremiah’s quote is “he can create and you can use the designed run game with him“
Keep in mind that was Big Ben’s claim to fame early on in his career. Being able to extend plays and get the necessary yards needed..if not more for the first down or the score.
Steelers soon-to-be retired GM, Kevin Colbert said last week that the Steelers would open the season with Mason Rudolph at quarterback if necessary. Dwayne Haskins, a former No. 1 pick, is the other option already on the roster. I however DO NOT see the Mason situation happening..AT ALL!
What I do see is Pittsburgh picking up a veteran free agent quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Rodgers or even a Jameis Winston to mentor a rookie quarterback like Malik Willis who has the mobility the Steelers neec to stay competitive in the AFC North..as well as the AFC/NFL in general. #HereWeGo
The Athletic Pittsburgh Senior Writer, Ed Bouchette went on the Rich Eisen Show 5 days ago stating that veteran quarterback Jameis Winston could wind up in Steelers black & gold.
Although I think he would be a wise choice for the time being, I still believe that Pittsburgh will address the quarterback position early on in the 2022 NFL Draft. So look forward to either Liberty’s Malik Willis or Pittsburgh’s Kenny Picket to sport the black & gold as well. 🤞
On Thursday former Pittsburgh quarterback Bruce Gradkowski told 93.7 The Fan’s Radio Host, Andrew Fillipponi that Winston could help the Steelers win a Super Bowl during this post-Roethlisberger stage.
Would I take it as far as Jameis taking the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Super Bowl in one to two years? Not really sold on that right now, but I do believe that he can mentor a player like Willis or Pickett to become the next to do so. Because we all know that Mason Rudolph is not the answer.
Before a torn ACL sidelined him in week 8 last season against his former team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Winston threw for 1,170 yards, 14 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions, completing 59% of his passes giving the Saints a 5-2 record.
Not outstanding numbers, but numbers nonetheless. Numbers that I believe can be improved in this stage of his career with the right organization and system. And what better organization and/or system could be better than the Steelers?
Keep in mind that Pittsburgh still have interest in Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Rodgers and more recently Carson Wentz, but for some reason Jameis Winston does make a bit of sense. But only time will tell. We shall see come free agency time. #HereWeGo
Come on now! Seriously? Are Pittsburgh Steelers fans and the NFL media still trying to entertain the notion that Mason Rudolph should actually be the next starting quarterback for the “Black & Gold?” Well here..let me correct that ridiculous notion/thought by giving you all one reason why it won’t..should it nor “NEVER” happen.
“BECAUSE MASON RUDOLPH CANNOT EVEN BEAT THE CLEVELAND BROWNS..THAT’S WHY!”
Mason was pure trash in that game. 23 for 44 with only 221 yards? Not to mention only 1 touchdown against 4 interceptions. Allowing Baker Mayfield to get the easy win.
Although a slightly better game versus the Browns, Rudolph did lead a comeback in the last game of the 2020 season. Only to allow the Browns to earn a ticket into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. UNACCEPTABLE!
I mean let’s face it, Rudolph going into his 4th season with the Steelers just isn’t starting material. What I mean is he is not that good, regardless of what GM Kevin Colbert (soon to be gone) had to say recently.
“We have confidence that if the season started today, Mason would be our starter,” Colbert said. “We’re excited to see where that can go. … We’re excited to see what is next for Mason.”
“If” the season started today. Thank GOD it doesn’t start today. Because if it did, Pittsburgh would be in a world of hurt. Guess I see why Colbert is on his way out the door, because he is definitely becoming delusional.
Former Steelers CB, Ryan Clark..(someone with questionable comments)..gave a rather spot on commentary regarding Pittsburgh’s quarterback situation. A commentary I definitely agree with.
“If Mason Rudolph is the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers entering 2022, they are no longer the Pittsburgh Steelers I love or the fans of Pittsburgh love.”
Is he lying though? No. Pittsburgh Steelers President, Art Rooney stated nearly a year ago that Mason Rudolph can be a starter “IN THIS LEAGUE.” Never did he say for the Pittsburgh Steelers. To me, and anyone who knows professional football..he is just another Landry Jones. #HereWeGo
Look, it happened last season. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, T.J. Watt got edged out by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle, Aaron Donald. A decision a lot on NFL fans and media outlets did not agree with. Neither did I.
Although Donald is a “Freak Of Nature” he did not surpass the “Freakiest Freak Of Nature”..Watt in any defensive category. Let’s take a look..shall we?
AARON DONALD 2020-21: 16 Games
Not bad. Respectable. Now check out the latter’s stats. The latter who was looked over for some strange reason
T.J.WATT 2020-21: 15 Games
Hmmm..Watt accumulated 1.5 more sacks, 16 more solo tackles with only 10 assisted. Yet he was overlooked because the Steelers are very much hated by the NFL, the media and those who control the votes. Oh..and NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. Can’t forget that hater.
But this is the NFL 2021-22 season. So let’s see how Watt stacks up to this year’s so-called front runners on the defensive end. Starting with ESPN Nation Reporter, Brooke Pryor’s VideoCast interview with former Pittsburgh cornerback, Ike Taylor. Via Mark Bergin (BLEAV IN STEELERS PODCAST).
Now, Bergin’s tweet hit a definite point. Although T.J. Watt leads the league with 17.5 sacks going into week 16, the Steelers Standout has only played twelve(12) of those games. Anybody can do that simple arithmetic..right?
Point Mark Bergin is making, it is not just Watt’s sack count that boosts him over the stratosphere..it is his intangibles. The havoc he wreaks in and outside the box. The pressure he puts on opposing quarterbacks to allow his defensive teammates to make plays.
Although Cleveland Browns defense end, Myles Garrett is doing a decent job this season. And Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Micah Parsons is putting up nice numbers..both of which were accomplished in more game/snaps.
Three(3) games left to go. Watt has already surpassed former Pittsburgh Steelers sack leader, James Harrison(16)..and has the opportunity to pass the leading NFL Sack Leader of ALL-TIME, Michael Strahan. Whether here nor there, T.J. Watt should be the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. #HereWeGo