I’m pretty sure I still get a vein that pops on the side of my head every time I think about the selection of Landry Jones in last year’s draft. The Steelers needed to get younger at the back-up QB position but they had already signed Bruce Gradkowski and there were any number of quarterbacks available in the 6th or 7th round and in free agency.
In hindsight, drafting a QB looked even dumber when Ben Roethlisberger went out and started all 16 games in 2013.
Granted, the Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t have the luxury of hindsight in the 2013 draft, but was the fourth round really the best time to pick a guy who had little chance of seeing the field anyway?
If the Steelers needed to add depth in 2013, then how do we describe the situation in 2014?
There are any number of very nice quarterbacks available in this draft but there isn’t one that should be selected by the Steelers. I strongly believe they should sign one or two in free agency in the moments after the draft ends on Saturday but other than that forget it. They cannot afford misses in this draft and selecting a quarterback would be a swing and a miss of massive proportions.
Drafting Jones last season wasn’t necessarily the problem. It was more about when they drafted him. A selection of a quarterback this weekend would tell me two things; they didn’t learn their lesson from last year and they have no confidence in Jones to boot.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard weekly on Trib-Live Radio talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.