Day 2 of the NFL Draft: Will the Steelers keep their next pick local?

April 29, 2022By Alpa

The Steelers still have a handful of glaring needs to fill on Day 2 of the draught, despite landing their quarterback of the future in the first round with the pick of Kenny Pickett. Pickett was a familiar face and a natural fit for the Steelers after four seasons of watching him develop at Pitt.

Is it possible that the Steelers may select another local talent on Day 2 of the draught?

Mike Tomlin, the Steelers' coach, has known Skyy Moore for longer than he has known Pickett. Moore was Shady Side Academy's quarterback. For a few years, Tomlin had been watching Shady Side Academy play every Friday night since his son, Dino, was just a receiver for the Bulldogs.

Let's be honest about it. The Steelers have named Kenny Pickett as their new starting quarterback. He will be Ben Roethlisberger's successor.

Some of you may be thinking, "Nah!" at this point. They'll start Trubisky for a few games at the start of the season until it's evident that Pickett is the better player. "Just to make things appear good after they signed the guy this offseason," says the source.

Sure. The Steelers might be able to compete in that game. Trubisky might be the starting only in name.

What would be the point, though? What's the point? Pickett will turn 24 years old in June. During his five years at Pitt, he appeared in 52 games. His intangibles are some of his best assets.

Consider some of the statements made by coach Mike Tomlin and general manager Kevin Colbert on Thursday night when they announced the decision to choose Pickett.

"Kenny is just a mature, even-keeled guy," General manager Kevin Colbert says. We not only monitor quarterbacks on the field, but we also watch them off the field, how they engage with their teammates, how they interact with their coaches, how they do media interviews... we believe that the maturity that he demonstrated on and off the field would aid him in that attempt."

"We spoke about his high floor, and the high floor was because of the intangibles, but also because of the anticipation and great precision, which were extremely clear and constant when reviewing his tape," Tomlin says.

• The Steelers can fix him after the Chicago Bears coaching staff ruined him.

• He grew so much learning behind Allen in Buffalo last year.

• He’s young and has upside, so if things work out on his two-year contract, maybe he can turn into the long-term starter.

Pickett said after being drafted, "I'm quite comfortable with competing." "I've been doing it for as long as I can remember." As a result, I know how to be a nice teammate while also competing. I'm looking forward to joining the quarterback room, getting to know the guys, and simply becoming better every day."

“We’ve got three young quarterbacks,” Colbert said. “I think it’s going to be a great competition. They’ll all be in it to see who becomes the starter, but now I think we’ve got three real good options.”


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