College: Pittsburgh | Rookie
Height: 6'3" | Weight: 220 lbs
Birth Date: 6/6/1998
Depth Chart: QB.2
2022 Bye Week: 9
Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0
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In the Pittsburgh Steelers first depth chart, rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett is listed as the No. 3 QB, behind Mitch Trubisky and Mason Rudolph. Although reports haven't been great on Trubisky's performance this summer, he's consistently been the starter in training camp practices, and he's essentially been told the starting job is his to lose heading into the regular season. Rookie wide receiver George Pickens, a second-round pick, is currently listed as one of the team's three starting receivers. Fellow rookie wideout Calvin Austin III is on the fourth string. Pickett, a first-round selection, has struggled with patience so far in camp and could sit all of his first season in the NFL, barring injuries to Trubisky or Rudolph.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett had a rough first three days of training camp last week. The first-round pick has been erratic and inconsistent throwing the football, and he has taken all of his repetitions with the third-team offense so far. It has some believing it will be impossible for him to improve quickly enough to be the Week 1 starter, especially if Mitch Trubisky keeps progressing. Pickett has been running for his life behind the third-string offensive line. When Pickett did have time to throw on Friday, his receivers didn't really help him out. The starting QB gig is Trubisky's to lose at this point, and although Pickett could see some starts later in the year depending on how Trubisky plays, it's unrealistic to expect him to start early on in 2022.
Dynasty | Mitchell Trubisky has apparently been told the Steelers quarterback job is his to lose. Dynasty Analysis: No surprise here as the Steelers seem to be taking a cautious approach with Kenny Pickett. Trubisky was apparently stellar in practice for the Bills last year, but you can take that for what it's worth. Regardless, it looks like he's going to get a legitimate chance to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh as he likely auditions to be a long-term starter somewhere else in the future. Currently our QB34, there's a long runway for him to rise up the rankings if he can take advantage.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett struggled in his second training camp practice on Thursday, throwing an interception on his first live, team-period repetition. He also had an interception to end Wednesday's practice. Pickett has consistently taken reps with the third-stringers, but the early struggles aren't a major cause for concern. Head coach Mike Tomlin isn't evaluating his options on a throw-by-throw basis. It's good news for Pickett as he heads into his first NFL season, but as of right now, Mitch Trubisky is the heavy favorite to start under center for the Steelers in Week 1. Trubisky won't have a very long leash, but there's a good chance Pickett could open the year as the No. 3 behind Trubisky and Mason Rudolph.
Dynasty | Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett worked with the third-team offense exclusively Dynasty Analysis: This comes as no surprise and all expectations have been that Pickett wouldn't be rushed under-center with both Mason Rudolph and newcomer Mitchell Trubisky as more experienced options. Trubisky is fully expected to be the starter though things could get more interesting as we near mid-season if the team has fallen from playoff contention. Pickett, 2022's 20th-overall selection and first quarterback off the board, has been dogged by questions about his hand size which may have contributed to 38 collegiate fumbles. He's listed as DLF's QB23 and rookie QB1 while coming off the board sometimes as late as the third round of dynasty rookie drafts.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett only received third-string repetitions in organized team activities and mandatory minicamp. Getting NFL-ready with limited first-team repetitions in training camp and three preseason games won't track Pickett to start anytime soon. Unless Mitchell Trubisky gets hurt or plays terribly in camp and the preseason, it's difficult to see a scenario where he doesn't start the season as the starter, according to The Athletic's Mark Kaboly. Whether Pickett sees starts in his rookie season will depend on how well Trubisky plays. Pickett is Pittsburgh's QB of the future, but fantasy managers in single-year leagues should avoid him to begin the year.
The Pittsburgh Steelers signed first-round quarterback Kenny Pickett to a four-year rookie deal on Thursday, according to a source. Pickett came into this year's draft as the most pro-ready signal-caller, but he'll have to beat out Mitchell Trubisky in training camp for the starting gig in his rookie season. The most likely scenario is that Trubisky is starting in Week 1, with Pickett getting his first shot if Trubisky falls flat early on. The 24-year-old threw for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his final year in college, and he can also be a threat running the football. The Steelers are hoping he's the long-term solution after Ben Roethlisberger retired last year.
Dynasty | Steelers quarterback Mitchell Trubisky opened minicamp as the starter Dynasty Analysis: The Pittsburgh starting quarterback situation will be one to watch all summer though any name under-center come week one is likely only keeping the seat warm for 2022 rookie Kenny Pickett. Trubisky is in the first year of a team-friendly two-year contract and has every opportunity to turn in a noteworthy showing in his age-28 season.The former second-overall selection in 2017 will always be known as the quarterback who went off the board before Patrick Mahomes but with a noteworthy spring and, potentially, 2022 season, could go a long way toward resurrecting his NFL career. He's listed as DLF's QB34 and is deserving of a back-end roster spot in deeper dynasty leagues.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett may begin his career as a starter. However, as expected, he'll have to get through Mason Rudolph and Mitchell Trubisky to earn the right. Pickett, who was the 20th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, finished his final college year by throwing for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven picks. Though Trubisky is currently the favorite to be under center for the Week 1 encounter against the Cincinnati Bengals, the 23-year-old could overthrow him during training camp. Yet, whether or not Pickett will be an impactful fantasy option right away is an entirely different story, especially considering his lack of experience at the professional level.
Appearing on the Rich Eisen Show on Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin gave his take on what to expect from his quarterback room in camp. "I expect it to be fierce, because I know all three guys [Trubisky, Rudolph, Pickett], I don't expect anyone to take a back seat," said Tomlin. When pressed on whether 20th overall pick Kenny Pickett would have a chance to win the job, Tomlin added "We played four rookies on offense last year because they were deserving. Certainly, he's [Pickett] not going to be excluded from the opportunity [of starting]." Pickett will be 24 years old to start his rookie year, and Tomlin praised his pro-readiness in terms of anticipation and accuracy as reasons they selected him in Round 1. With a fairly modest salary commitment to quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at $14 million over two years, Pickett should have a very real opportunity to win the starting job to begin the season.
The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett with the 20th overall pick of the 2022 NFL draft on Thursday. Pickett becomes the first quarterback taken in this year's draft, and he won't have to leave the city of Pittsburgh as he heads to the NFL. He is probably the most pro-ready signal-caller in this year's weaker class of QBs, and he's often been criticized for his small hands. The Steelers are now set for a quarterback competition this summer between Pickett and Mitchell Trubisky, who was added in free agency. Pickett threw for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his final year at Pittsburgh, and he can also run a little. The 23-year-old won't be an option for those in redraft leagues, even if he's starting in 2022, and his overall ceiling in the NFL seems limited.
The New York Giants, who hold the No. 7 overall pick in the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday, have received calls from teams about potentially trading into that spot. The Seattle Seahawks, who have the No. 9 overall pick, have also received preliminary interest in the ninth overall pick and could be looking to move back within the first round. However, many teams largely expect movement to occur after the first 10 picks. The 11-14 range could be the sweet spot in the first round on Thursday night. Teams looking for a quarterback could be interested in the Giants and Seahawks picks if the top names like Liberty's Malik Willis and Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett begin to slide to towards double digits.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot stated in a press conference on Wednesday that the team believes they will come out of the draft with a quarterback. The Falcons hold pick No. 8 and already signed quarterback Marcus Mariota to a two-year deal worth $18.75 million. Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh and Malik Willis of Liberty are considered the top two quarterbacks, but not by a staggering margin. Atlanta has quietly been doing their homework on this year's quarterback class and could create a major shake-up on Day 1 by selecting a signal-caller early. With Mariota providing a bridge, the team could also opt for a quarterback on Day 2 who may take more time to develop. The Falcons have had the luxury of not needing to take a quarterback in the first round since selecting Matt Ryan third overall in 2008. Willis is an Atlanta native, and Fontenot was present for his Pro Day last month.
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett is the most NFL-ready of this year's quarterback prospects, as he appeared in 52 games (49 starts) over five college seasons and ran professional concepts under former NFL assistant Mark Whipple. "He was the biggest guy, strongest stature -- he just felt like a quarterback. But then your concern is the arm. There's nothing special about it. What's he going to look like when he's getting his ass f---ing blitzed and having to throw off-platform, and he has to win with his arm only? He's mobile enough. He can move, he's not lot like a statue. If you had to have a m-----f----- play right now, it's Pickett, but he doesn't have any goddamn upside," an AFC executive said. Pickett has some speed, but his arm strength is average, and many scouts question his quick decision-making skills.
If the New Orleans Saints target a quarterback in this year's draft, it could very well be Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett, in the opinion of the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Jeff Duncan. Pickett is a favorite to be the first signal-caller off the board this year, and he checks many of the boxes that general manager Jeff Ireland looks for in a young QB. Ireland has been drawn to tall quarterbacks like Pickett, and the Saints trade up in the first round of the draft could signal that they will go with a QB early on. Jameis Winston will be the starter under center in 2022, but Pickett could benefit immensely from sitting a year and learning.
The Detroit Lions will have a pre-draft visit next week with Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett, according to sources. It's the only known quarterback visit for Detroit, which owns three of the top 34 picks, including No. 2 overall, in this month's draft. They continue to do their due diligence on draft prospects. The Lions apparently think they can win with Jared Goff under center, but they probably wouldn't mind finding his successor sooner than later. However, it's unclear if they view Pickett or any other QB in this year's draft as the right guy for the job, especially at No. 2 overall. Detroit could also trade the No. 2 pick if another team is desperate to move into the top three for a quarterback.
The Carolina Panthers are hosting Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett Wednesday to wrap up their three-day stretch of visits with top quarterback prospects. On Monday they met with Sam Howell of North Carolina and Bailey Zappe of Western Kentucky. On Tuesday they met with Malik Willis of Liberty, Matt Corral of Ole Miss and Desmond Ridder of Cincinnati. Carolina holds the sixth pick in the draft and is perhaps the team believed most likely to take a quarterback in the first round. The 23-year-old Pickett wrapped up his senior season with 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He had the highest passer rating of all five potential first-round quarterbacks at 165.3. Panthers head coach Matt Rhule has operated with a wide range of quarterback styles during his time in Carolina, but new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo may have a preference for a more polished option like Pickett to build the offense around.
Carolina Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer hinted that the team could take a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick in next month's draft. "This will be interesting because the tackles will be the best players on the board. But we do need a quarterback, and at some point you have to take a shot, especially in the top 10. You hate to force it, because when you force it, you could make a mistake," Fitterer said. With no picks in the second, third or fourth rounds, it makes it even more plausible that Carolina could reach a bit and go with a QB early in the first round after failing to land Deshaun Watson. Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett could be the consensus top QB in this draft class, and if the Panthers were to draft him, he could compete with Sam Darnold for the starting job in 2022.
The Carolina Panthers are looking for an upgrade under center over current starting quarterback Sam Darnold. The 2022 draft is believed to be one of the weaker classes of QBs in recent years. The Panthers view Malik Willis, Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral as the top quarterbacks of the class and have first-round draft grades on them. They have second-round grades on the other top QBs, including North Carolina's Sam Howell. Pickett is the most pro-ready, while Willis is believed to have the most upside. The Jaguars, Lions, Texans, Jets and Giants, who have top-five picks, aren't expected to take a QB. At No. 6, Carolina could have their choice of the pack, and if they take a signal-caller, they could immediately compete with Darnold for the starting job in 2022.
Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett's hand size increased by an eighth of an inch from the NFL combine to 8 5/8 inches at his school's Pro Day on Monday. "The stretches work," Pickett said with a laugh. "It's the reason why I've been doing them. If it helped getting an eighth of an inch, I'll take it." However, Pickett's hands would still be the smallest of any starter or notable NFL backup. Despite questions about his hand size, he's expected to be a first-round pick in next month's draft, and he launched a couple of passes on Monday that traveled at least 60 yards in the air. It remains to be seen if he'll be starting immediately in his rookie season, but there's no question that Pickett is one of the strongest at his position in a weak QB class in 2022.