QB – #8 Pittsburgh
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Ocean Township (Oakhurst, NJ)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8538)
Phil Steele: PS#64
Kenny Pickett Scouting Report
Average NFL arm strength. Has the ability to throw the ball well downfield when needed, and can throw well off platform. Flashes the ability to throw with touch, but tends to throw with all power the majority of times. Release is very average. Does show the ability to throw from multiple angles. Ball tends to get away from him sometimes.
Accuracy with Kenny Pickett is very spotty. Flashes the ability to throw well on the move. Very much a box accurate quarterback. Struggles to consistently hit the target. Placement is spotty from Pickett. He has the ability to hit but normally is slightly off on his placement. Flashes the ability to throw through tight windows when needed. Struggles tremendously while under pressure. Does work the pocket well, attempts to buy himself some time. Doesn’t like to get outside of the pocket unless he needs to. Tends to maneuver in the pocket well. Works well to make defenders miss and gets into space. Tends to be raw and underdeveloped, especially in pressure and quick throw situations. Inconsistent at best.
Feet could be faster, he plays with them a little bit heavy. Works well outside of the pocket to get to space and buy time on the play. Very effective rolling and throwing, both in bootleg motion and created situations. Shows some wheels to move outside of the pocket and get downfield. Average runner at the NFL level. Ball security in those situations will be an issue. Pickett’s hands are ridiculously small. Shows some decent improvability. Keeps his eyes downfield looking for a play to take place even while on the move. Shows some decent play extension ability, although not the greatest.
Kenny Pickett has some excellent field vision and sees things happening very well. Especially effective in the red zone. Processing speed when adjusting from a man look to zone coverage is still a little slow. Has a tendency to try and force the ball into the middle of the field late, especially across his body. Kenny Pickett has grown that composure that you like to see.
What we want to see from Kenny Pickett in Mobile
- The biggest argument against Kenny Pickett this entire draft cycle is his reported 8-2/8″ hands, which are about 3/4″ shorter than what is considered the “cut-off” at the NFL level. If his hands indeed measure that short, we will watch closely to see how that effects Pickett throughout the week.
- Accuracy and placement has got to get more consistent. Pickett has certainly flashed high level throws, but from a consistency standpoint I think Pickett is a good year or two away from being an effective starting quarterback.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Many NFL Draft analysts are touting Kenny Pickett as a surefire first round pick, but our projection says otherwise. We’re not sure where his ceiling is, or if he’s ever potentially a top 20 quarterback in the NFL. Certainly, Pickett’s floor is a very capable backup. That alone should give him a good chance to get drafted a little bit earlier.
We like him as a second/third round projection right now. Until he solidifies his accuracy and deals with pressure more consistently, Pickett is going to be on the outside looking in at the first round talents.