The one Steelers draft choice fans should be most excited about in 2022

Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
Kenny Pickett #8 of the Pittsburgh Panthers. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

The Pittsburgh Steelers have improved their roster with their picks in the draft. The one draft choice fans should be most excited about is Kenny Pickett.

Kenny Pickett is an exciting option the Steelers now have at quarterback. The first-round pick out of Pitt can enter his first season and make an immediate impact. The good news came from two people on the first night of the draft. The pick was announced by Franco Harris, but the most exciting part of the night came from head coach Mike Tomlin.

In a press conference and interviews after the Steelers selected Pickett, Tomlin stated that Pickett could become the starter come Week 1. For fans that suffered through watching an archaic quarterback play over the past two seasons, this is cause for excitement.

Pickett will be 24-years-old by the time the season rolls around. After being hailed as the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft, it is easy to picture him under center at the start of the season. Finally, Pittsburgh will have a young, talented, and mobile quarterback at the helm.

The Steeler’s offense is suddenly starting to look comparable to other competitors in the division. With the addition of George Pickens and Calvin Austin III to the wide receiver room, Pickett will have a plethora of offensive weapons to choose from. Not to mention the fact that he already has Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson, Pat Freiermuth, and Najee Harris to help him.

The Pittsburgh offense has gotten much-needed help over the course of the offseason. With the addition of offensive linemen, the team should be able to re-establish the strong Steeler run game. They should also be able to protect the quarterback and give the plays more time to develop.

Extra time will be helpful for the receivers to get separation, hopefully, this means the end of the quick five-yard passing routes. Pickett’s mobility will give the offense more freedom to make something out of nothing. Ben Roethlisberger was known for shrugging off defenders and extending the play when he was in his prime. Ideally, Pickett should be able to bring some version of that style of playback to Heinz Field.

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Suddenly, Pittsburgh has a young and exciting offensive roster. With a fierce training camp competition for the starting quarterback spot looming, Pickett could come out as the victor. With the hopes that the competition improves his already exceptional play, Pickett looks to be the most exciting off-season addition for the Steelers.