#8
Kenny Pickett
Rating Yards TD
165.3 4319 42
Team: Pittsburgh PanthersHeight: 6-3 Born: 6/6/1998
Position: QBWeight: 220 Hometown: Oakhurst, New Jersey
Class-Eligibility: GS-Sr


Scouting Report

40 time: 4.85

1st round

Snapshot: Considered a mid-round possibility heading into his senior season, Pickett rolled the dice on an extra season and used available COVID eligibility to return to school. The decision paid off handsomely, as he transformed from a middling producer into a Heisman finalist and high first-round prospect. After topping out at 13 passing touchdowns in 2019 and 2020, he went on to throw for 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns in 2021 while securing a Senior Bowl invite and earning second team All-American honors. Has played a lot of football, with 49 career starts (32-17 record), with 12,303 passing yards and 81 touchdowns.

Pickett opted not to have his hand measured in Mobile - delaying the requirement for the Scouting Combine - but his substandard hand size is a serious ball-security variable. However, there are examples - Joe Burrow is one of them - of quarterbacks thriving even in cooler weather environs with smaller-than-ideal hands for the position.

The hand chatter overshadows Pickett's ability and competitive fire. He could be a match for the QB needy Carolina Panthers or Atlanta Falcons, the two teams who sent full management-to-assistant contingents to Pickett's pro day.

Strengths: Keeps his eyes downfield when pressured but won't shy away from using his legs to pick up yardage. Very natural thrower on the run and it doesn't hinder his accuracy. Ball placement took a tremendous leap from 2020 to 2021. Feel for pressure is polished, and his internal clock is good. Smart decision-maker who won't force throws when he doesn't have leverage. Incredible toughness in the pocket and as a runner (20 career rushing touchdowns). Confident and raises the level of those around him. Believes he's never out of a game.

Weaknesses: His setup-to-release quickness needs to speed up as a pro. Small hand size is abnormally rare for an NFL quarterback. Only has one year of high-level tape and was a late bloomer relative to others in the class. Can attack tight windows with accuracy, but arm is sufficient by NFL standards - not a standout trait, which is a concern when overconfidence enters the equation.

Pro comparison: Joe Burrow, Bengals -- Pickett's quick climb to stardom will draw parallels to Burrow's ascent, and the traits are eerily similar as well. While his athleticism and arm talent are only modest, Pickett shares a uncanny feel for navigating pressure and making accurate throws from tough spots. He is never rattled and plays with a level of control that is rare in young quarterbacks.


Career Passing Stats

Year Team G Cmp Att Comp % Yds Yd/A TDs Int Sacked Yds
2017 Pitt  4 39 66 59.1 509 7.7 1 1 5 14
2018 Pitt  14 180 310 58.1 1969 6.4 12 6 33 243
2019 Pitt  12 289 469 61.6 3098 6.6 13 9 29 212
2020 Pitt  9 203 332 61.1 2408 7.3 13 9 18 121
2021 Pitt  13 334 497 67.2 4319 8.7 42 7 29 218
Career   52 1045 1674 62.4 12303 7.3 81 32 114 808

Career Rushing/Receiving Stats

Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs
2017 Pitt  4 26 93 3.6 2 0 0 - 0
2018 Pitt  14 117 220 1.9 3 1 -12 -12.0 0
2019 Pitt  12 95 110 1.2 2 1 3 3.0 1
2020 Pitt  9 81 145 1.8 8 0 0 - 0
2021 Pitt  13 98 233 2.4 5 0 0 - 0
Career   52 417 801 1.9 20 2 -9 -4.5 1

Career Defensive Stats

Year Team G Int Yds TDs
2019 Pitt  12 0
2020 Pitt  9 0
Career   52 0

Career Punting Stats

Year Team G Punts Yds Avg
2019 Pitt  12 1 25 25.0
Career   52 1 25 25.0

Offensive Logs

  Passing Rushing Receiving
Date Opp Cmp Att Yds Pct TDs Int Long Car Yds Avg TDs Long Rec Yds Avg TDs Long
9/4/2021 UMass 27 37 272 73.0 2 0 47 6 39 6.5 0 18 0 0 - 0 -
9/11/2021 @ Tenn 24 36 285 66.7 2 0 40 10 19 1.9 1 13 0 0 - 0 -
9/18/2021 WestMI 23 31 382 74.2 6 1 67 10 49 4.9 0 20 0 0 - 0 -
9/25/2021 UNH 24 28 403 85.7 5 0 47 5 6 1.2 1 11 0 0 - 0 -
10/2/2021 @ GaTech 23 36 389 63.9 4 0 55 6 21 3.5 0 13 0 0 - 0 -
10/16/2021 @ VaTech 22 37 203 59.5 2 0 36 12 38 3.2 1 9 0 0 - 0 -
10/23/2021 Clem 25 39 302 64.1 2 0 39 7 15 2.1 0 8 0 0 - 0 -
10/30/2021 Mia-Fl 39 55 519 70.9 3 2 39 9 -10 -1.1 0 14 0 0 - 0 -
11/6/2021 @ Duke 28 43 416 65.1 3 0 47 8 57 7.1 1 22 0 0 - 0 -
11/11/2021 UNC 25 43 346 58.1 3 1 44 10 -11 -1.1 0 6 0 0 - 0 -
11/20/2021 UVa 26 41 340 63.4 4 2 62 6 -14 -2.3 0 5 0 0 - 0 -
11/27/2021 @ Syr 28 38 209 73.7 4 1 25 3 4 1.3 0 9 0 0 - 0 -
12/4/2021 @ Wake 20 33 253 60.6 2 0 35 6 20 3.3 1 58 0 0 - 0 -