Carter’s Classroom draft profile: Brad Kaaya, quarterback


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Quarterback Brad Kaaya of Miami. - AP

While the Steelers do have concerns on the defensive side of the ball, they also have concerns with filling in the depth chart at quarterback.

Ben Roethlisberger is the long-time franchise quarterback nearing the end of his career, but also is still the man that will be expected to lead the offense to a Super Bowl. Behind him are the more pedestrian Landry Jones and Zach Mettenberger, the latter of which is most likely going to be gone after training camp.

Neither of those two can be expected to be a potential starter for the franchise after Roethlisberger's departure, and trusting the offense to Jones when Roethlisberger is injured has shown only marginal improvement over his four years in the NFL.

The need of a temporary backup and a potential successor as franchise quarterback to Roethlisberger leads to a lot of speculation as to who that player should be. While the Cowboys scored in finding a full-time replacement for Tony Romo in Dak Prescott, the Steelers have to attempt to find similar value in this draft class since their picks are towards the end of each round.

That means they will need to look into quarterbacks that won't go until, at the earliest, the 30th pick of the first round. Considering the pressing need at outside and inside linebacker, that might mean that pick won't be until the third round.

This rules out prospects like Mitch Trubisky, who is slated to go as early as in the top five picks of the draft by some experts, and possibly Patrick Mahomes and DeShaun Watson. Unless the Steelers use one of their first two picks, those prospects will definitely be off the board when they consider quarterbacks.

That leads us to consider prospects like Brad Kaaya of Miami:

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