NFC West teams hold two of the top six choices, five of the top 17 and six of the top 32. No other division has as much draft capital in the first round.
Multiple NFC West teams have issues or potential issues at quarterback. Two plus two equals four, but Roethlisberger to the NFC West doesn't add up.
Arizona: Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt knows Roethlisberger well. The Cardinals aren't settled at quarterback for the long term. So far, so good. But the Cardinals hold only the 26th overall choice and they have other needs. They need to find out what Matt Leinart can do this season, and they already have Derek Anderson. Mortgaging their draft for Roethlisberger would set back the organization on multiple levels.
St. Louis: The Rams have the No. 1 overall choice, but they aren't giving it up for a player with Roethlisberger's off-field credentials. Roethlisberger wouldn't fit their offensive system, anyway, but the discussion wouldn't even get to that point in St. Louis. The Rams are looking for a quarterback to be the face of their team. Roethlisberger wouldn't qualify.
Seattle: The team holds the sixth and 14th overall choices, but the first move of the Pete Carroll/John Schneider "collaboration" won't be a high-risk move for a tainted player. The Seahawks already have Matt Hasselbeck and the newly acquired Charlie Whitehurst. Spending a high pick on a controversial quarterback wouldn't make sense.
San Francisco: The 49ers hold the 13th and 17th choices, so they would have the draft capital to meet demands for a top-10 pick. But if the 49ers weren't interested in spending a second-round choice for Donovan McNabb, an accomplished veteran passer with impeccable off-field credentials, it's tough to envision them paying much more for a quarterback facing a suspension that could last six games.
If I were the Steelers, I would strongly consider taking even a second-round choice for Roethlisberger. The team has six Super Bowl titles in the bank. Roethlisberger has already helped the Steelers win two. It's debatable whether he can reemerge as the leader Pittsburgh needs to win additional championships. His credibility is damaged. Trading Roethlisberger would restore the Steelers' integrity while getting value for a high-risk player. Few teams could stomach dumping a franchise quarterback, but the Steelers are bigger than Roethlisberger.