Steelers Draft '15: Quarterbacks

Not much need at a thin position means the Steelers should think outside the box. And they are.

The Pittsburgh Steelers already have four quarterbacks as they prepare for a draft that's dirt poor at the position anyway.

Great way to kick off a draft series, isn't it?

But this dynamic is causing the Steelers to think outside of the box, and that's what they're doing with the only quarterback to have visited the team this off-season.

Tyler Murphy (6-1 1/2, 213, 4.6) set records for quarterback rushing last year with 1,184 yards in his only season at Boston College. He set season and career school records previously held by Doug Flutie, and also broke the ACC single-season record previously held by Woody Dantzler.

But his passing?

Not so much.

While Murphy did complete 59 percent of his throws in college, he threw poorly at his pro day, where the Steelers -- among others -- talked to him about changing positions.

The specific request has not been made public, but Murphy told Boston College's student newspaper, The Heights, "I'd like to stay on the offensive side of the ball."

The Steelers continued their interest in Murphy by inviting him to their offices on the South Side three weeks later.

Another quarterback they'll need to investigate is Nick Marshall, the former Auburn quarterback who asked his coach at the Senior Bowl if he could play cornerback. The wish was granted and the 6-1 1/2, 207-pound Marshall improved at the position as the week progressed.

Marshall was a reserve cornerback his freshman season at Georgia, but was dismissed from the team for allegedly stealing money and attended a Kansas junior college as a quarterback. He returned to the SEC as Auburn's quarterback for the 2013-14 seasons and directed the Tigers to within a late touchdown pass by Florida State's Jameis Winston of winning a national championship.

Marshall completed 60 percent of his passes at Auburn with a touchdown-interception ratio of 34-13. But he's still interested in moving to a position that's better suited to his skills. At the combine, Marshall put up cornerback-like times and measurements with a 4.54 40, 12 bench reps, 37 1/2 vertical, and agility times of 6.96 in the 3-cone and 4.15 in the short shuttle.

"He'd be an all-conference type guy," his former coach at Georgia, Mark Richt, once said of Marshall's potential at cornerback. "He'd be a guy who would have a very bright future at that position."

TOP FIVE

1. Jameis Winston, 6-4, 231, Florida State.

2. Marcus Mariota, 6-4, 222, Oregon.

3. Bryce Petty, 6-3, 230, Baylor.

4. Brett Hundley, 6-3, 226, UCLA.

5. Sean Mannion, 6-6, 229, Oregon State.

STEELERS' VALUE BOARD

Sixth Round -- Nick Marshall, Auburn.


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