Mark Madden

Mark Madden

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The Steelers seem determined to pick a quarterback at No. 20 overall come Thursday night. 

I wouldn’t. Click HERE to read why. 

But, to expand further on those thoughts: 

Neither Pitt’s Kenny Pickett nor Liberty Biberty’s Malik Willis has legit potential to be THE GUY. A true big-timer.

It’s not like the 2004 draft with Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, all of whom had that vibe (and fulfilled it). 

Pickett and Willis are more like J.P. Losman, who went 22nd overall to Buffalo in ’04 because Manning, Rivers and Roethlisberger were already gone and the Bills were set on getting a quarterback. 

The Steelers shouldn’t fall into that trap. 

Anyway, what about Mitch Trubisky? Who has more potential to be a great quarterback: Trubisky, Pickett or Willis? 

I’d say Trubisky. Don’t be so quick to laugh at that. 

Trubisky is only 27. He was the second pick overall in 2017. That’s 18 choices higher than No. 20. He’s got more talent. He made the playoffs twice in four years with Chicago. 

I’d bet on Trubisky before I’d take small-hands Pickett or small-school Willis.

Pickett and Willis get hype for the sake of hype. For being the best of a mediocre bunch. 

If Trubisky soils the bed in 2022, so what? Pick a quarterback next draft. Which seemed to be the game plan when the Steelers signed Trubisky. The ’23 draft has more better QBs.

Coach Mike Tomlin inherited Roethlisberger. He’s never replaced a quarterback. You can tell. He doesn’t know how to do it. 

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