Steelers draft capsule: QBs-Specialists

This is the first of seven Pittsburgh Steelers position-by-position analyses for the 2019 NFL Draft, which begins next Thursday:

QUARTERBACKS

Currently on roster: Ben Roethlisberger, Joshua Dobbs, Mason Rudolph, Brogan Roback

Last five drafts: The Steelers selected Dobbs in the fourth round in 2017 and Rudolph in the third round last year.

Top quarterbacks available: Kyler Murray, Oklahoma; Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State; Drew Lock, Missouri; Daniel Jones, Duke; Ryan Finley, N.C. State

The Steelers might select: None

Analysis: Roethlisberger is 37, but 41-year-old Tom Brady just won the Super Bowl. As long as the Steelers’ offensive line keeps Roethlisberger upright (he’s been sacked an average of 20 times per season over the last four years), he should be able to play at a high level for a few more years. He’s in the final year of his contract, so signing an extension should be coming soon. Dobbs took a step in the right direction in his second season to solidify his spot as Roethlisberger’s backup. If he takes another step forward, and Rudolph improves after getting his feet wet last year, the Steelers should be set at the QB position. Using a draft pick on one this year doesn’t make sense.

SPECIALISTS

Currently on roster: Chris Boswell, K; Matt McCrane, K; Jordan Berry, P; Kameron Canaday, LS

Last five drafts: The Steelers selected long snapper Colin Holba in the sixth round in 2017. He ended up with Jacksonville in 2017 and San Francisco last year.

Top specialists available: Austin Seibert, Oklahoma, K; Cole Tracy, LSU, K; Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah, P; Jake Bailey, Stanford, P; Jack Fox, Rice, P; Dan Godsil, Indiana, LS

The Steelers might select: None

Analysis: Boswell had a Pro Bowl season in 2017, signed a five-year contract and then had an awful season in 2018. The hope is that he returns to his 2017 form, but McCrane, who kicked for Arizona and Oakland last season before kicking three field goals in Pittsburgh’s 16-13 Week 17 win over Cincinnati, is around in case he doesn’t. The Steelers could use upgrades for Berry and Canaday, so it’s conceivable they’ll use one of their three sixth-round picks on a punter. But the best route would be to sign priority free agents at both punter and long snapper after the draft ends.

Coming Friday: Offensive line

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