Kenny Pickett thinks he will be the first QB taken in the draft

Regardless of opinions on talent and questions about different metrics of hand size, logic suggests that a team will either spend a top-10 pick on a future rookie quarterback or acquire such a pick to take a caller. on the opening night of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28.

Many pundits expect former Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett or Liberty Flames Malik Willis to be the first player at the sport’s most important position to leave the roster. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, Pickett explained during a recent appearance on “Breneman Shows Up” with Adam Breneman why he thinks he’ll be the best quarterback in this year’s draft class.

“I think there are a lot of reasons for that,” Pickett said of that opinion. “You look at the game now and how it evolves. . . . I’m a mobile guy who [played] in a West Coast pro-style system. I started in a program that was 5-7 the first year I was. We came away as ACC champions, 11-2. So I know how to win. I know the process it takes to get there. It’s never an easy thing and I’m going to make this transition, I feel like, faster in the NFL now because [of] this experience. . . that I know how to mind my own business as a pro, sort of an older guy. At the end of the day, what is it. . . when you get to the position, it’s like, ‘Can you win? Do you know how to handle everything it takes to be a quarterback? I definitely do. So I think I’m QB1.”

In their final fictional drafts, CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso, Josh Edwards and Kyle Stackpole all predicted the Carolina Panthers would draft Pickett sixth overall, while CBS’ Pete Prisco and Ryan Wilson had the Panthers take on Willis. Carolina general manager Scott Fitterer admitted the Panthers “need a quarterback” to at least sit behind current starter Sam Darnold. It’s also possible that the New Orleans Saints just completed a trade to gain some extra draft capital so they can move on to quarterback picking on April 28.

“Saints were good,” Pickett told Breneman when asked about interviews he had at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Saints was really good. I mean, they were trying to give you a long play call. You have to get up, call it like you’re in a huddle, and then you have to watch a movie. Then it would be like, ‘What was playing again?’ They try to bounce you all over the place. It was a good game. And it was the same with the Senior Bowl. They do a good job.

For an article published on March 22, ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. knocked Pickett off the Saints in the late teens of the draft, but that was before Monday’s trade involving New Orleans and the Eagles. of Philadelphia.

New Orleans currently has Jameis Winston atop the depth chart, with veteran Andy Dalton at QB2.

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