Cleveland Browns Quarterback No. 1 to watch: Kenny Pickett, University of Pittsburgh
Kenny Pickett, the Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback has been listed as a high pick in the upcoming draft. His height at 6-3 and his solid years at the collegiate level have him likely becoming a day one starter in the league. He threw the football for 4,319 yards and a nice 42 touchdowns and only seven interceptions in his senior season at Pitt.
He’s been mock drafted various places in the first round including at No. 7 with the Washington Commanders and the Pittsburgh Steelers at No.20.
With the No. 13 pick, the Browns could be intrigued by Pickett. He has the size and strength to play in the pocket in the tough AFC North Division. He played in the cold weather city of Pittsburgh, like Cleveland. He throws the ball accurately and powerfully. He can escape the pocket and is still able to make the pinpoint throw.
My colleague, Greg Newland at DPD, also reported earlier on Wednesday, that Pickett was interviewed by the Cleveland Browns already at the Senior Bowl, which could suggest the team is actively trying to make some decisions on what they want to do with their quarterback room moving forward.
With a few other quarterbacks likely available in the later rounds, as we discussed some of those players earlier in this article, the Browns might be better off waiting to draft one of them. While Pickett seems to be in line to have a successful NFL career, taking him at the No. 13 spot that the team holds at the moment might not be necessary with the team’s greater needs.
Speaking of that, we will discuss the wide receivers planning on playing at the Senior Bowl in my next article that will be published next so stay tuned.