2. Pittsburgh Steelers (Pick 28)
The Steelers are another team who could consider moving up in the draft to get Lamar Jackson. The team really needs to add a quality backup behind Ben Roethlisberger, as Roethlisberger may retire in the near future. And with the Steelers, Jackson could be a great fit.
Jackson was a terrific college quarterback, and he compares favorably to Michael Vick at the next level. Jackson has elite athleticism and mobility and if he can improve his accuracy, he will be a very good starter at the next level. While he learns behind Roethlisberger, he could get a lot better and be ready to start by 2019 or 2020.
The Steelers seem like the kind of team that would be interested in Jackson. They did give Vick a chance to be their backup quarterback at the end of his career, and he fared well in limited action and proved to be a solid starter in their system. Since Jackson is similar, and more than a decade younger than Vick was during his time in Pittsburgh, they could think that they could develop Jackson very well.
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In a trade with the Redskins, the Steelers would have to surrender a lot to get Jackson. If they were to only use 2017 picks, they would have to give up their first, second, and third round picks to give equal value to the Redskins. The other option would be acquiring a future first round pick, which might be better for the Redskins in the long run.
If the Redskins moved down to the No. 28 pick, they could grab the best player remaining on the board, whether that’s a defensive player or a running back. That also could be a chance to take a guard like Billy Price or another player who they like. Either way, if they pick up extra value by moving down, that would be beneficial for the team.