With the dust settled in the 2022 NFL Draft, now is the time for everyone associated with the draft to think again about the three-day process and assess what went right and what went wrong, for all 32 NFL organizations.
As for the Pittsburgh Steelers, they made no secret of their desire to enlist the quarterback, but no one knew they would have the signal callers pick at pick number 20. As we now know, the team brought out University of Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett with that selection, and in a recent article for ESPN he gave interviews With the Power 5 coaches, they agreed with the fact that Pickett was the best quarterback crop of 2022.
When it came down to it, the coaches agreed that the right-back came off the board first. This is what they had to say:
Coaches said the lack of volume also hurt this year’s quarterback. They felt the right-back went first in the house of Kenny Pickett, who would remain in the same city and facility with the Pittsburgh Steelers, their 20th overall pick.
“Beckett was by far the only real guy in the NFL,” the Power 5 coach said on Friday. “I don’t think the rest are first-round guys. It would have been an extension.”
“A highly competitive man, a playmaker,” the ACC coach added to Pickett. “He’s tough and obviously being in Pittsburgh would be good for him. He stumbles a lot, and that’s probably the only thing that can hit him.”
Shockingly, the coaches went on to suggest the quarterback they considered the best after Beckett was not Desmond Ryder, the next quarterback selected in the third round by the Atlanta Falcons, but Matt Corral, who was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round.
According to the coaches, the biggest surprise wasn’t Beckett going in the first round, or Ryder, Coral and Malik Willis going in the third. Instead, University of North Carolina’s Sam Howell wouldn’t go until round five to round three. Washington leaders.
“I’m most impressed with Kenny Pickett, but Sam Howell is throwing enough, he’s competitive enough, he’s got enough frame even though he’s not tall and big,” said the ACC defensive coordinator. “He’s put together and he can take a hit. He will be able to stay in the NFL for several years.”
Reading these comments reinforces the fact that the quarterback class wasn’t strong, but if you follow things closely, you’ll see how the Steelers got the one player almost everyone considers to be the only first-round talent, and most of the NFL is ready for the entire class.
Some consider this a chop on Pickett, but the Steelers saw the plate fall their way completely by not having to trade to get their man in the first round.
Will Beckett be the start of week one for the Steelers? It’s not impossible, and something coach Mike Tomlin has said is a possibility since the team drafted it. However, open competition in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) will begin, continue at Small Camps and Boot Camps and end in the pre-season period.
For the first time in a long time, Steelers fans should be very excited to see how the NFL Prep plays for their favorite team. With Mitchell Trubesky on board, as well as Mason Rudolph, the Steelers have plenty of options in the middle. The hope is that one will distinguish oneself throughout the process.
Stay in touch with BTSC for the latest news and notes on the Steelers as they prepare for the rest of the season and prep for bootcamp.