2022 Pre-Training Camp Roster Review: Quarterback
The last time we took a look at the Pittsburgh Steelers roster in review was weeks before the 2022 NFL Draft. It would be safe to say that a lot has changed since then. The changes apply to almost all positions on the list. Some are major changes and some are minor, though some have remained largely static.
We are approaching the opening of the Steelers’ multi-week training camp. This year it’s back to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. It would be a good time to pause and take stock of where the team stands at each position as we head into the most critical process of the offseason.
Total position digit: 4
Mason Rudolf: The room has become much more crowded around Rudolph since our last update. At the time, after the tragic death of Dwayne Haskins, Mitch Trubisky was the only other person standing in the room. The Steelers have since drafted two more quarterbacks, including Kenny Pickett in the first round, all but ending any theoretical chance of him competing for the starting job this year.
Mitch Trubisky: A big move from the Steelers in free agency, Trubisky was QB1 throughout the spring and has been saying the right things ever since. By consensus, he was the best looking quarterback during OTAs and minicamp, although one would hope that was the case given his experience.
Kenny Pickett: A 24-year-old Pitt rookie, Pickett was the only quarterback taken in the first two rounds this year, let alone the first round. As he starts at the bottom of the depth chart, he has shown some of his talent and will have the opportunity next month to start moving up the depth chart.
Chris Oladokun: The second of two quarterbacks the Steelers have drafted this year, Oladokun arrives as a seventh-round small-school prospect. He’ll be looking to topple Rudolph as the number three quarterback, seemingly as a better fit for Matt Canada’s offensive system thanks to his mobility. Although he needs to show skill, his future may hinge on the team’s offer for Rudolph.
Players lost: N/A
Notes and perspectives from the camp:
As noted, our last update already came after Ben Roethlisberger retired, Trubisky signed, and after Haskins’ fatal crash. Quarterback room has doubled since then, with the arrival of Pickett and Oladokun.
Trubisky has operated as the team’s starter through the offseason process so far, but Pickett will have the opportunity to compete during training camp. I would bet he starts one of three pre-season games.
Then it comes down to who else will be on the roster as number three. There has been talk of trading Rudolph, but that hinges on Oladokun’s ability to be the third quarterback, and he won’t even see many reps in Latrobe with two new quarterbacks competing to start.