The Steelers should draft for now, not the future

Whether he plays one more year or three more years the Ben Roethlsiberger era is coming to a close. The Steelers need to do whatever they can to win before the window slams shut. 

According to reports, the Steelers have shown interest in Mason Rudolph and Derrius Guice. I have watched Rudolph, the quarterback from Oklahoma State, shred my WVU Mountaineers for years and I think he will be a solid pro. Many think Guice, the LSU running back, is going to be a first round pick. 

While both players would likely help the Steelers in the future, the Steelers shouldn't be interested in anyone that doesn't help them in the present. 

If the Steelers are paying Le'Veon Bell 14.5 million dollars for the 2018 season then they're going to get their money's worth. Guice, or another first or second round back, would hardly see the field. 

Here's a compromise: Try to find a running back in the middle rounds of the 2018 draft. Just last year the two best rookies were found in the third round. Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara were fabulous, with not much expected of either. A third or fourth round back could add depth to this years team and be part of a running back by committee approach in 2019.

That would free the Steelers up to take an ILB, S, or OLB in the first few rounds. That is if they don't draft the heir apparent to Ben Roethlisberger.

Mason Rudolph, or another early round QB, wouldn't see the field until Roethlisberger's career was finished. 

Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin should bring in players who will immediately make this team better. There's no guarantee that whatever QB they would take would have the goods to be the next franchise guy. 

They've got a franchise QB right now. The Steelers have got to maximize this team's potential to win with him. 


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