NFL comparisons for each of Steelers 7 draft picks in 2022
1.20: Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh
Kenny Pickett will have all eyes on him during the pre-season process after being the first quarterback taken by the Steelers in the first round since Ben Roethlisberger. It will be a challenge that many rookie quarterbacks have handled differently with either success or failure. Mitch Trubisky seems like he will take some pressure off of Pickett, but this rookie should be starting at some point in 2022.
Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders
This might be one of the more popular ones that some evaluators have used with Pickett. It is a fair comparison as they have similar tools that help them in the NFL. They have some underrated mobility that can help them extend plays and a strong enough arm to lead an offense in this league. It seems like Pickett’s ceiling is when Derek Carr plays his best football and that’s a good starter in the NFL.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Miami Dolphins
Teddy Bridgewater was another comparison when he was coming out of college. He has some mobility with a better accuracy range than some in their respective draft classes. This would be something that many expect more from Pickett as an above-average starter in the NFL if he doesn’t pan out as well.
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
Tua is the last comparison listed for this article. Both are mobile and have a running element to their game. Both quarterbacks could be seen as having the same arm strength today, but Tua did have a projected arm strength that was higher than Pickett’s coming out of college.