Yeah, no kidding.
But at the NFL Combine in 2012, Colbert told us to rule out punter.
"Not quarterback?" was the follow-up.
"OK, quarterback," Colbert conceded. "Quarterback and punter."
So he had to be coerced a bit, but he did rule the position out.
This year, Colbert didn't hem or haw. He stated his position about the position clearly.
"We're open to drafting any position in any round, even quarterback," he said.
No one batted an eye because Ben Roethlisberger is now 31 years old and coming off a savage chest/shoulder injury, the result of one of the 380 times he's been sacked in NFL games that have mattered.
A first-round rookie?
Well, that's unlikely. The Steelers have more pressing needs. Secondly, the first-round candidates are lacking.
As teams wrestle over those three and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib in the first 40 picks, a solid second-round choice would be Tyler Wilson of Arkansas, but only if the Steelers have traded down and acquired extra picks for their other problems.
Wilson is only 6-2.1, 215, but has a strong arm, is nimble in the pocket, can read defenses, and is a hard-working team leader.
Another quarterback who would make sense, again, if the Steelers acquire an extra pick or two, is third-round prospect Zac Dysert (6-3, 231), who broke many of Ben Roethlisberger's records at Miami, Ohio.
Dysert has a fluid motion and would benefit from a maturity and leadership standpoint by being taken under Roethlisberger's wing.
Matt Scott (6-2, 213) put his 4.69 speed to use in Rich Rodriguez's zone-read option offense at Arizona and has grown into an interesting long-term prospect. The problem is he seems to have gained far too much attention to remain hidden in the late-round weeds.
The fifth-round weeds, to be specific, are where Colbert typically finds his quarterbacks. He's drafted five quarterbacks, and all but Roethlisberger came out of the fifth round.
Wexell's Value Board for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Second Round – Tyler Wilson, Arkansas.
Third Round – Zac Dysert, Miami (Ohio).
Fifth Round – Landry Jones, Oklahoma.
Sixth Round – Sean Renfree, Duke.