The Steelers three worst value picks from the 2022 NFL Draft
By Andrew Falce
Steelers worst value
While no one could have predicted that the quarterback class would be this poorly received in 2022, it was shocking to see most of the class get picked after the third round. Sure, there were obvious questions about who was the best prospect and it seemed as though the top names were all relatively close in terms of who was the best, but to see this class shake out the way that it did was shocking.
Thus, the selection of Kenny Pickett at pick 20 can’t be seen as great value. Yes, the Steelers needed a quarterback, but the team likely could have worked out a deal to add draft picks and still get their guy. A trade back into one of the last few picks could have netted the team another mid-round pick and they likely still would have gotten their guy.
The Steelers also could have just tried trading up in the second to land Pickett or they could have waited until the third round to get their guy. Matt Corral and Malik Willis were both on the board then and would have presented far greater values than Pickett. While Pickett has a shot to get on the field sooner than later, his value in the middle of the first round has to be questioned.
The Steelers draft class was far from bad, but there were some mediocre value picks by the time the event had wrapped up. While this won’t stop these players from producing, the initial value of where they were taken has to be questioned. Only time will tell if they end up working out, but these three picks were easily the team’s worst value from the 2022 draft class.