Steelers: Did Mike Tomlin just hint at potential Ben Roethlisberger replacement?

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. (Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports)
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. (Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Pittsburgh Steelers are on the search for a Ben Roethlisberger replacement and Mike Tomlin just hinted he may arrive via the NFL Draft.

The Steelers need to figure out their quarterback situation in the post-Ben Roethlisberger world.

They have Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph but it’s not clear if either of those quarterbacks represents anything more than a short-term solution.

The obvious plan is to find a long-term one in the NFL Draft. Head coach Mike Tomlin essentially admitted the team is looking in that direction.

Ben Roethlisberger replacement: Mike Tomlin hints at drafting a quarterback

“#Steelers HC Mike Tomlin says they’ve been examining this year’s QB class in a similar way they examined all the RBs last year. Doing a lot of work with that position group,” Ari Meirov tweeted. “Of course, Pittsburgh drafted Najee Harris in round one last year.”

There’s a chance Pittsburgh gets a close look at all the quarterbacks available and decides to pass but teams have a tendency to fall in love with QBs more often than they opt for not taking one.

The Steelers aren’t in a strong position to draft one of the top passers on the board, sitting No. 20 in the first round. However, someone like Sam Howell or Desmond Ridder could be waiting for them that late in the round.

No one knows how the first 19 picks will play out, but if Pittsburgh decides not to pursue a trade to move up, it could all come down to how the cookie crumbles. If their guy is there, then the QB question is answered. If not, then it’ll be interesting to see how the Steelers proceed with intriguing trade options or even the 2023 draft.

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