Erin Weaver
Monday April 22nd, 2013

The Steelers could draft a quarterback in this year's draft, to groom an eventual Roethlisberger replacement (Diamond Images/Getty Images) The Steelers could draft a quarterback in this year's draft, to groom an eventual Roethlisberger replacement (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

The Steelers haven't taken a quarterback since 2008, when the team drafted Dennis Dixon in the fifth round. But the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team was open to the possibility of drafting a quarterback this year.

The Steelers have a need for solid backup QBs, with Ben Roethlisberger out with injuries a little too frequently. Per Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the team isn't looking for someone to replace Big Ben in the near future. Instead, the team is interested in a developmental prospect to groom over several years while Roethlisberger remains in charge.

The Steelers believe Tennessee's Tyler Bray is the most talented quarterback in this year's draft class, but not yet quite ready for the NFL. Bray, needing some time to develop and mature, could fit well into the Steelers' plans for a drafted quarterback. With Bruce Gradkowski signed to be a backup and John Parker Wilson on the roster, if the Steelers do draft a quarterback, it would likely be the end of Charlie Batch's time with the Steelers.

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