GM Kevin Colbert: Steelers not ruling out drafting quarterback in first round
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert speaks during a press conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
PITTSBURGH — General manager Kevin Colbert said Monday the Steelers aren’t ruling out selecting any position in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft, including quarterback.
“Ben [Roethlisberger] is a Hall of Fame quarterback,” Colbert said. “We’re very lucky to have him. He’s stated his intention to play at least a few more years and that’s awesome.
“But as I said when we opened this, our job is to not only win a championship in ’18, it’s to secure this franchise’s ability to do it in the future.”
The Steelers draft quarterback Josh Dobbs in the fourth round of last year’s NFL Draft and took backup quarterback Landry Jones in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
In March, Colbert, coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner all attended Louisville’s pro day to watch quarterback Lamar Jackson. Jackson is projected to be selected in the first or second round.
The Steelers also heavily scouted Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph in March as Tomlin, Colbert and Fichtner also attended his pro day. Rudolph is a projected second-round pick.
Roethlisberger said after the season that he wants to play two or three more years, but he also said that he’s going to play it “one year at a time.” The Steelers have the 28th pick in the first round.
“You have to have a great player at the quarterback position … to have the best chance to win a championship,” Colbert said. “Fortunately, we got one that’s still a highly effective, highly productive quarterback so part of our job is to surround him with the best talent as well.
“So, we have to weigh that in and we will weigh that in throughout. But we haven’t eliminated any position for this draft.”