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Old 12-02-2012, 08:45 AM   #11
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Ben still has 4 or 5 top-caliber seasons in him at QB, barring a major injury. Anybody we drafted after this season would rot on the bench until he is 27, and that would be a waste. If anything we should use a mid to late round pick on a guy who will be a serviceable backup, not someone with aspirations of being a long-term NFL starter. At the end of #7's career, the course of action I would recommend would be to go the Redskins route and give up a significant package of future draft picks to trade way up in the draft and select the QB that will solidify our offense going forward.

That is assuming, as an eternally optimistic Steeler fan, that for as long as we have Ben we won't have a season bad enough to afford us a top-3 draft pick .
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:37 PM   #12
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Ben still has 4 or 5 top-caliber seasons in him at QB, barring a major injury. Anybody we drafted after this season would rot on the bench until he is 27, and that would be a waste. If anything we should use a mid to late round pick on a guy who will be a serviceable backup, not someone with aspirations of being a long-term NFL starter. At the end of #7's career, the course of action I would recommend would be to go the Redskins route and give up a significant package of future draft picks to trade way up in the draft and select the QB that will solidify our offense going forward.

That is assuming, as an eternally optimistic Steeler fan, that for as long as we have Ben we won't have a season bad enough to afford us a top-3 draft pick .
Barring major injury? It seems every year that Ben misses a game or 2 due to injury and some of those injuries were considered pretty severe, drafting a talented young QB makes the MOST sense of any draft pick. If Hoyer doesn't fill the #2 QB position then why not draft a QB in the 2nd round? Batch and Leftwich SHOULD be gone after the end of the season and QB is a position the Steelers cannot take lightly
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Old 12-02-2012, 01:47 PM   #13
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I remember under the Cowher years we'd take a flyer on a 5th or 6th round QB nearly every year. I think it's a good policy to have. If you land a solid backup, great; If you land a perceived gem, you can trade to a desperate team for a premium pick or two (like the Kolb to Cardinals trade); and if you strike out, you release him and move on with your life.
I don't necessarily disagree with the logic, but the Cowher years weren't exactly defined by superlative QB play, the reason stories like Tom Brady's and Kurt Warner's are made such a big deal is because they're exceptionally rare.
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