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Kenny Pickett A Rising Name In 2022 NFL Draft QB Class

  • The Draft Network
  • September 29, 2021
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There have been a number of shifts in the quarterback rankings through the first four games of the season, and one name who wasn’t so talked about but could very well find himself a consistent place in the top 10 at his position is Kenny Pickett of Pittsburgh.

Pickett’s stock has consistently risen since the season began and has put up some incredible numbers. In his latest performance, Pickett completed 24-of-28 passes for 403 yards with five touchdowns as his team put up some 77 points to New Hampshire’s single touchdown. For that outing, he finished Week 4 with the second-highest overall quarterback grade (93.3), second to only Bryce Young of Alabama.

So far this season, Pickett has completed 74.2% of his passes for 15 touchdowns with one interception, becoming one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the program at a fast rate.

Looking at his body of work this season, it’s clear that Pickett is incredibly in-tune with his receiving corps, which helps bring a level of explosiveness to the offense and serves to elevate the team around him.

In a signal-caller, you want a player that creates chemistry with his teammates and fits in properly to what you’re running, but you also want someone who, when he stands alone, is a shining prospect in his own right. That is what Pickett is.

Stats aren’t the only thing that should be relied on, but in terms of national dominance and pure comparison, they’re reflective of just how effective Pickett is. As things stand right now among the nation’s quarterbacks, Pickett is second in passing touchdowns (15), second in passing efficiency (195.6), third in points responsible for (102), fifth in total offense (365 yards per game), fifth in completion percentage (74.2%), and sixth in passing yards per game (335 yards). He’s showcased accuracy at different levels of the field (as that sky-high completion percentage would suggest), doesn’t appear to be easily rattled by pressure, and has perfect timing on nearly all of his throws. He works the pocket well and even when flushed out, has shown the ability to make big plays and score while throwing on the run.

Pickett hasn’t just been a quarterback who has caught our eye—he’s been one who has demanded respect and attention. If he can keep up this level of performance or at least stay close to it—considering just how high he has set the bar—throughout the remainder of the schedule, he’s going to be a prospect on the radar in a much bigger way come April.

Pickett and his Panthers will face some quality opponents that will serve as checkpoints as to just where the quarterback stands. The remaining schedule consists of Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Miami, Duke, UNC, Virginia, and Syracuse.

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