Ranking Every Pittsburgh Steelers 2022 NFL Draft Selection

Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (QB11). Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee – USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers had an impressive draft on paper. Here’s how I scored every selection they made in the 2022 NFL Draft.

I know all the fans weren’t okay with Pittsburgh opting for Kenny Pickett with their first round selection. Much of the fanbase was divided over who the best quarterback was this year, and many wondered if we could have waited (given that no other QBs were taken until the third round.

Still, the 2022 NFL Draft should get Steelers fans excited about the future of this team. Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert selected a player they believe can be the face of the franchise, and I commend them for taking highly touted players instead of reaching needy positions. Here are my initial ratings of every Steelers draft pick this year:

QB Kenny Pickett: C+

This is a case where I will never be so happy to be so wrong. Like many other project analysts, I wasn’t crazy about Kenny Pickett as a prospect. He was an older player with historically small hands and had only a respectable year of production since high school.

Additionally, Pickett lacks the traits and advantages that many teams like to bet on. Although he is a fine athlete who possesses the ability to extend the game (a must in today’s NFL), his arm is very average by NFL standards, and his throwing power falters at times.

Still, Pickett is an excellent leader who can scan the field and excels at throwing on the move. A rock-solid 2021 season showed he might just have that “it” factor that can’t be measured. I had Pickett as the 48th player overall on my draft board, so hopefully I’m wrong on my assessment, but I would have gone for a higher QB advantage instead.

Martin E. Berry