1. Younger quarterbacks are already outperforming Pickett
Perhaps the biggest condemning factor against Kenny Pickett is the fact that he has already been routinely outplayed by younger and more talented quarterbacks. It's very easy to see that C.J. Stroud looks like the real deal, while a player like Titans rookie QB Will Levis oozes with talent.
Outside of the game-winning drives (which are admittedly huge), Pickett hasn't shown much in terms of upside and potential at the position. It's worth noting that every time Pickett has made a game-winning drive early in his career, all seven of these came when the Steelers defense allowed 17 points or fewer in the contest.
Pickett's poise and ability in the clutch are his best traits so far. But the second-year quarterback oftentimes doesn't even show up for the first three-quarters of the game. His sluggish starts are a major concern that often leaves the Steelers playing from behind.
Next year's quarterback class looks like it could be special. How many more young quarterbacks will be outplaying a 26-year-old Kenny Pickett by this time next year? At some point, you find out that you're just not getting enough results out of your quarterback, and the fact that Pickett is consistently outproduced by younger players with less experience is a bad sign.