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Kenny Pickett’s 6.2 yards per attempt and seven touchdowns on the 2022 season were good for just 33rd in the NFL in both categories. #Steelers #NFL
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7 TD passes in almost 500 drop backs is the worst the NFL has seen in 10 years. Literally Kenny is 320th out of 320 QB seasons.
He is such a mediocre player with a completely mediocre arm and average accuracy. Not exactly the best recipe for a starting QB for a team that likes to win. Plus he got like 2 concussions already this year I think, maybe 1, I forget. Either way, I don't see Pickett improving that much, he is just limited physically in terms of arm strength and accuracy. All though, he is a better rusher than I thought he'd be, he actually did well on the ground. But once teams start disrespecting his arm, I think they're going to make it way more difficult for him to run the ball.
There is absolutely no reason Pickett should have gone ahead of Ridder and Howell, and probably Willis too. That whole draft was bonkers. Howell to me is still clearly the best QB of that class and should have been a 1st rounder like he was supposed to be for the 2 years leading up to the draft. And Ridder's just got better tools and better decision making. I'm actually kind of at a loss, it really looks like Steelers took Pickett just because he played at Pitt and was a hometown hero so to speak. Worst reasons to select a player in the 1st round though lol.
But it wasn't just Pittsburgh. I think every other team passed on Ridder, and Willis and even more on Howell going in the 5th. And in reality, I prefer Howell at least and maybe Ridder, to Richardson, McKee, Hooker. And I prefer Howell to Levis even. Maybe not Ridder, but I don't think Ridder and Levis are that far apart, all though Ridder is a better runner probably. And really, I don't have a ton of faith in Bryce Young, just get Baker Mayfield/Manziel vibes, I have more faith in Howell becoming a legit starting Qb.
But Pickett to me was like a 2nd-3rd round talent at best. At least relative to where Ridder, Willis and Howell should have been taken. I actually traded Pickett away for a late 1st in a dynasty when he started to play a little better. Feel like he's such a hot potato and there's going to come a point where he MAYBE secures himself as a very safe low level QB2/3. Beginning of the season, when they were letting him throw more, he threw a ton of interceptions. 2nd half of the season though, he did a good job limiting interceptions, but they also limited his throwing opportunity. Basically just asking to hold the ball and maybe throw it like a couple dozen times. And if Friermouth wasn't there, I think things would have been SO much worse for him. Pickens is never going to achieve his potential with that kind of noodle arm behind center. But it's good for TE's at least. Well, often, throwing to TE is like their only safe option, because they stay short and are big targets lol.
I'm pretty sure in 2-3 seasons, if Pickett is still around, Steeler fans are going to be calling for a new QB, without a spaghetti arm. Hell, maybe they can get Zack Wilson from the Jets. Yea he was terrible, but the Jets ruin QBs. At least Wilson has like, high level ability. Pickett reminds me more of like Chad Pennington or Matt Cassel..... to me, spending a 1st round pick on a QB with that kind of limited upside is the biggest waste of a 1st round pick. Better off taking the gamble on a Willis or Howell who, if they do work out, at least would have all the tools.