The Steelers drafted Mason Rudolph from Oklahoma State in the third round of this year’s draft. What did Ben Roethlisberger think about the Steelers doing this? We found out on Friday when Ben was on 93.7 the Fan’s Cook and Poni show (Link)
He said he told the team he intended to play 3-5 more years and that they shouldn’t draft a quarterback. “I was surprised they took a QB because I thought maybe in the 3rd round you can get some really good players that can help this team win now.”
He also addressed Rudolph saying “It’s not Ben’s job to teach me anything, it’s my job to learn and that’s the way I’m going to look at it. Obviously you’re sitting behind and unbelievable players and a good dude.” Ben said “I don’t think I’ll need to now that he said he doesn’t need me,” with a laugh.
He also questioned why they drafted quarterbacks two years in a row as they drafted Josh Dobbs in the fourth round last year. “Last year he’s taken in the fourth round so does that mean the Steelers . . . screw up with that pick? . . . Has he not developed the way that they thought? Why else would you take a quarterback in the third round next year?”
So is Ben right? Did the Steelers waste the pick? Roethlisberger is 36 and is signed for two more years. If Ben wants to play 3-5 more years, they’ll have to negotiate a new deal. Just because Ben wants to play that long, doesn’t mean he can. Also, he did contemplate retirement after the 2016 season, and he could get hurt at any time. You can’t blame the Steelers for trying to plan for their most important position.
Steelers Kevin Colbert said the team had a first-round grade on Mason Rudolph. It might’ve been the case where they weren’t planning on drafting a quarterback but couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
What happens with the quarterback depth chart now? Despite Ben saying ‘as far as I know, I’m still the starter’, he’ll be the starter. Will Landry Jones still be the primary backup? He should be for this year. What about Josh Dobbs? He’ll probably be the odd man out and will either be released or put on the practice squad.
Will this situation turn out like Brett Favre’s in Green Bay in 2008? The Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers in 2005 to be the heir apparent when Favre would retire. Problem is, Favre didn’t want to retire, the situation turned ugly and Favre ended his career playing for the Jets and Vikings. Can you imagine Ben Roethlisberger playing for another team? It might happen.
Here’s a couple polls I made about this situation: