by Sam Ryner | Wed, Apr 13th 9:47am EDT
If Pittsburgh fans are hoping to find a Big Ben clone to run the offense after his retirement this off-season, Carson Strong is the closest thing available in the draft. Strong has dealt with a degenerative knee issue since high school which has required multiple surgeries and has essentially made him immobile and incapable of getting outside of the pocket. Strong has the strongest arm in the draft class outside of Malik Willis, and he’s got a quick release to help fit balls into tight windows at the next level. Strong isn’t projected to be a first round pick, but he could be someone that hears his name called on day 2. Interesting fantasy tidbit for fantasy managers to ponder: since 2010, 100% of non power-5 QB’s that were selected in the 2nd round of NFL drafts have went on to have QB2 fantasy production as their career average (Derek Carr - Fresno State, Jimmy Garoppolo - Eastern Illinois, and Colin Kaepernick - Nevada). Small sample size, but if Strong is selected in the 2nd round, he could be worth a late round flyer in dynasty leagues.