Pittsburgh Steelers draft Kenny Pickett 20th overall in 2022 NFL Draft

    Kenny Pickett was drafted 20th overall by the Steelers in the 2022 NFL Draft -- what is his rookie contract and fit on the depth chart?

    Pittsburgh Steelers draft Kenny Pickett 20th overall in 2022 NFL Draft

    With the 20th overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett. What will Pickett’s rookie contract look like, and where does he project into the Steelers’ current depth chart?

    Kenny Pickett drafted 20th overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers

    After Ben Roethlisberger retired, the Steelers were always going to be in the market for a QB. Their selection of Pickett keeps a player that played at Pitt at home in the Steel City.

    Pickett’s projected rookie contract

    Because Pickett was the 20th overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, this is what his projected rookie contract should look like. Contract numbers are from Over the Cap.

    • Total Value: $15.9 million
    • Signing Bonus: $8.7 million
    • 2022 Base Salary: $705,000
    • 2022 Cap Number: $2.9 million

    Pickett’s strengths and areas to improve

    Here is a snapshot of what the Steelers will be getting with the selection of Pickett. For further information, check out Pickett’s full scouting report.


    • Displays incredible patience in the pocket, scans the field, and goes through progressions
    • Protects the football, does not make poor decisions on the field, and shows great wherewithal
    • Drops into the pocket with proper footwork, takes a big hit in order to get the throw away, and pulls himself off the ground and gets back into the huddle

    Areas for improvement

    • Needs to put in a lot of extra effort to get speed on throws and get the ball downfield
    • Cannot drive long throws, which leads to a loss of opportunity
    • Hand size will be an issue for some teams

    How does Pickett project in the Steelers’ depth chart?

    Pickett is the hometown quarterback for the Steelers. After spending years with the Panthers, Pickett doesn’t even have to leave the apartment he lived in while studying. Pickett is the most “NFL-ready” quarterback in the 2022 class. He is accurate and athletic enough to make plays on the hoof.

    The Steelers needed a quarterback after losing Roethlisberger to retirement. Mason Rudolph was never the long-term answer, and Mitchell Trubisky has already proven not to be anybody’s answer at the position.

    When do the Steelers pick next in the 2022 NFL Draft?

    As of the time they drafted Pickett, the Steelers have these remaining picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

    • Round 2 (Pick 52)
    • Round 3 (Pick 84)
    • Round 4 (Pick 138*)
    • Round 6 (Pick 208 from Kansas City)
    • Round 7 (Pick 225 from Jets)
    • Round 7 (Pick 241)

    *Compensatory pick

    For the full results and upcoming draft order, check out our pick-by-pick tracker for the 2022 NFL Draft.

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