Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 Mock Draft: A New Era At QB, Boosting The OL

2022 NFL Mock Draft, Carson Strong. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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The Pittsburgh Steelers usher in a new era at the quarterback position in this seven round 2022 mock draft.

After their latest loss to the Green Bay Packers, the Pittsburgh Steelers sit at 1-3, a full two games back of everyone else in the AFC North. Their surprising win over the Bills in week one feels like a distant memory, and the season is in jeopardy, especially with the schedule they have down the stretch in November and December.

A finish that misses out on the postseason could be one that sees sweeping changes for the 2022 season. Although it seems unlikely Mike Tomlin goes, anything else isn’t out of the question. One thing feel certain: Ben Roethlisberger likely won’t return, and a new era will begin for the Pittsburgh Steelers at quarterback.

It will be weird, and replacing a Hall of Fame quarterback won’t be easy, but that’s the plan here in this Steelers 2022 mock draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers Mock Draft

Round 1, 15th Overall: Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

If the Steelers do opt for a quarterback in the 2022 NFL Draft, the first round is the place to do it. Despite the narrative surrounding the class, someone is likely to rise to the top and become a franchise player. There’s no reason to believe it can’t be Carson Strong.

Strong made some waves last fall, showing off his impressive deep ball, command of the offense, reads pre-snap, and great velocity. That has continued in the 2021 season, with Strong performing well in big games to date against California and Kansas State. He’s dropped some impressive throws deep in the bucket, and has the back shoulder throw mastered. Mobility is the main question, but his processing and velocity is a lethal combo.

Strong can fit in well with the Pittsburgh Steelers, as he has the arm to give Chase Claypool targets deep down the field, and the velocity and quick delivery to get passes to Diontae Johnson who can separate quickly. The fit is good, and Strong’s poise and toughness will fit in with the city.