Steelers select Kenny Pickett at No. 20 overall

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At long last, a quarterback is off the board.

With the 20th overall pick in the 2022 draft, the Steelers have selected Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Given Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement after the 2021 season, Pittsburgh had a clear need for a quarterback of the future. Despite signing free agent Mitchell Trubisky, the club has elected to keep Pickett playing in the same stadium where he was featured as a college player.

Pickett was the ACC player of the year and offensive player of the year in 2021. In 52 games with 49 starts, Pickett compiled a 33-16 record as a starter for the Panthers.

In 2021, he threw for 4,319 yards with 42 touchdowns and seven interceptions, leading the team to an 11-2 record and the ACC Championship.

With Trubisky also on the roster, Pickett does not have to start right away for Pittsburgh. But sooner than later, he’ll take over as the Steelers’ QB1.

22 responses to “Steelers select Kenny Pickett at No. 20 overall

  1. Glad they chose Pickett over Willis. Not sure if he will be the long term answer but we got the guy we wanted, which always feels good. Here we go!!

  2. Did they think he was the next Dan Marino? I think Willis has a much higher ceiling and with Trubisky, you’d never need to rush him in…

  3. Best QB in the draft. Pickett has great decision making and makes some unreal throws. Reminds me of Herbert. Steelers killed it with this pick.

  4. Anyone smell the desperation in the air? Even little Baker is better than this guy.

  5. every year that is down for QB’s.. “no first rounders, no franchise QBs” and yet they get picked anyway… sometimes more than one..

  6. Oh no! What are all the delusional steeler fans who ACTUALLY convinced themselves that Mitch Trubisky was the answer gonna do now???

  7. TERRIBLE PICK, dude has small hands and has to wear gloves in college just to get a good grip on the ball. Now he has to deal with rain and snow AND a bigger football that he can’t grip

  8. TERRIBLE PICK, dude has small hands and has to wear gloves in college just to get a good grip on the ball. Now he has to deal with rain and snow AND a bigger football that he can’t grip
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    He played his college ball in Pittsburgh. It rains and snows there.

  9. Didn’t they take Mason Rudolph a few drafts ago? I realize he hasn’t shown much to get excited about but he is still young and knows this system. This Steelers team still seems to get by with average QB play. Why not keep it the same and draft a defensive player or WR with this pick?

  10. Seems like a lot of draft capital to tie up in a guy who, best case, is holding a clipboard come September. Maybe not even that. Practice squad.

  11. Steelers taking any of these qbs at 20 was out desperation. We should’ve took the cb mcduffie or the safety hill both players were better then any qb at 20. The main problem with Pickett is the fact that by the time he steps in as a starter after sitting this year he will be 26 years old. I will say he was a better pick then Willis because you can put more stock into the stats he put up compared to Willis because difference in the competition the 2 played.

  12. HurtsToReadComments says:
    April 28, 2022 at 10:40 pm
    TERRIBLE PICK, dude has small hands and has to wear gloves in college just to get a good grip on the ball. Now he has to deal with rain and snow AND a bigger football that he can’t grip.
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    You mean the same rain and snow in the same stadium where he played his college ball?

    Where do they get these people?

  13. Steelers needed a future qb and got one. Lets just hope he turns into the next great one.

  14. #20 is not that high a pick. Why not take a chance on a quarterback? Maybe he will be good and or great and maybe not. The Steelers have some bad misses on first round picks so there is no guarantee that any player they drafted at #20 would be good and or great. GO STEELERS!

  15. Lol, these are all the same comments we saw 4 years ago from Steeler fanboys when they drafted Mason Rudolph. You reached for him at third round and you definitely reached for Pickett. And 3 years you’ll be clamoring for another quarterback

  16. I half think that the Steelers took him just to keep him from blowing up somewhere else. If he bombs, they won’t have any pressure the next time some baby hands noodle arm has one great season at Pitt.

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