Kenny Pickett 2022 NFL Draft Profile

by Tyler Marling
Kenny Pickett 2022 NFL Draft Profile

Last week we unveiled our first 2022 NFL Draft profile with Matt Corral. This week, we unveil the Kenny Pickett 2022 NFL Draft profile.

While Corral appears to be the current number one quarterback in the class, there is still a lot to like about Pickett and he can shoot up draft boards throughout the draft process.

Although Pickett checks in at just 26th on our first 2022 NFL Draft big board, he is QB2.

With as unsettled as this year’s quarterback class is, there is plenty of time for some movement at the position.

There is a lot to like about Pickett, but there are also quite a few question marks. Will he take a leap or fall back during the draft process?

Pickett opted out of the Peach Bowl.

Kenny Pickett 2022 NFL Draft Profile

Strengths

Accuracy

Just like Corral, Pickett’s number one strength may be his accuracy. Pickett really improved in this aspect of his game throughout his college career and took a pretty nice-sized leap this season. This season for the Panthers, he routinely put the ball in the proper spot to allow his receivers to make a play after the fact.

Pickett also showed really good accuracy on deep balls which led to a lot of explosive plays, something NFL teams love.

Just check out the throw below. Pickett dropped this in a bucket.

Athleticism

Kenny Pickett can move. He extends plays well in the pocket and can make plays outside of the pocket. There had to be a literal change in the rulebook because of a single athletic play he made.

That play, however, is not the typical Kenny Pickett athletic play. For his career at Pitt, he only averaged 1.9 yards per carry.

When he scrambled, it was with the intention to extend a play and deliver a strike to an open receiver. However, he is capable. This is just one added trait that could push him up draft boards throughout the draft process.

Intangibles

Kenny Pickett has as much experience as anyone could ever want in a quarterback entering the NFL Draft.

The unofficial magic number for minimum games started in college is 30 by most front offices in the NFL. By taking advantage of his COVID year, Pickett wound up starting an astronomical 49 games for the Panthers.

Pickett was also the unquestioned leader for Pittsburgh. He led a fantastic Panthers team to an 11-2 regular-season record and his teammates, more often than not, followed his lead.

Unlike Bo Callahan in the movie “Draft Day,” Pickett will have teammates at his birthday party. Being liked isn’t a necessity to be a successful NFL quarter. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Question Marks

One-Hit Wonder

The biggest question that talent evaluators should be posing in relation to Kenny Pickett is, is he a one-hit-wonder?

Coming into the 2021 season, Pickett’s career stat line was 711-for-1,177 for a completion percentage of just 60.4%. He totaled just 7,984 yards, and 39 touchdowns to 25 interceptions and never touched 130 for a rating.

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His fantastic COVID season saw him finish third in the Heisman, completing 334-of-497 passes for 67.2% with 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns, and 7 picks. His quarterback rating was an absurd 165.3.

Pickett also had an all-world receiver to throw to. Scouts will need to figure out if Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison is the reason for Pickett’s ascension or if they went hand-in-hand and Pickett actually did improve that much.

Level of Competition

Kenny Pickett did indeed compete in a power-five conference this season, the ACC. The problem is the ACC was terrible.

Only two teams that Pickett faced in the ACC this season cracked the top 60 in defensive pass efficiency, Clemson (6th), and Miami (FL) (60th). Pickett was average in both of those contests. He threw for a lot of yards, 821 total. However, he also threw it 94 times in those two games, with five touchdowns and two picks.

Arm Strength

Like that of Matt Corral, Kenny Pickett has the adequate arm strength to be a successful NFL quarterback. However, it is good, not great arm strength.

Arm strength and accuracy are two key traits that NFL talent evaluators like to see from first-round quarterbacks. This is an area that Pickett needs to show strongly in at the NFL Draft combine to either solidify his ranking or to jump Corral as QB1.

Kenny Pickett 2022 NFL Draft Projections

QB2, early to mid-first round.


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