Ben Roethlisberger is 30 years old, and for the most part, in good health. But should the Pittsburgh Steelers be looking for a quarterback next April, the 2013 NFL Draft is going to have quite a few of them available. Behind The Steel Curtain, SB Nation's Steelers blog, recently compiled a list of the top 32 college prospects heading into the '13 draft. Headlining the group are quarterbacks Matt Barkley (USC), Tyler Wilson (Arkansas) and Tyler Bray (Tennessee), who rank No. 2, No. 5 and No. 8, respectively. Logan Thomas, a quarterback from Virginia Tech, is also listed at No. 19
As might be expected, BTSC is rather high on the Trojans' signal caller, who oddly enough is behind another former USC player in Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones, who is listed as No. 1 player on the list despite health concerns.
Barkley would have been a top five pick this year and he is the favorite to be the number one pick next year. He has all the tools (big arm, good accuracy, great vision, toughness, intelligence, etc.) to become a great quarterback and depending on who is drafting number one next year, he could be the number one pick.
Should Pittsburgh again make the playoffs, it'll likely find itself picking during the latter portion of the first round, where it could, though, have the chance to select from a number of interior lineman, as the draft appears to have a bevy of them. The SBN mock draft had the team taking LSU outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo with the No. 16 pick. SI.com has the team taking Georgia defensive tackle John Jenkins.
Scouts can't help but notice the massive Jenkins when they check out Jarvis Jones. The Steelers did draft Washington nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu in the fourth round of this year's draft, but there's no guarantee they've found Casey Hampton's successor yet.
Ah, mock drafts in May.