It seems like the sentiment around the NFL for quarterback prospect Kenny Pickett has changed.
During the Scouting Combine, the conversation about the Pittsburgh Panthers standout revolved around the size of his hands.
Team officials made it a big deal because of the potential difficulties in gripping the football.
However, he seems to have no problems with that physical limitation after finishing his final collegiate year with 4,319 yards and 42 touchdowns.
That conversation was a thing of the past after what NFL insider Jordan Schultz revealed.
Just spoke with an NFC assistant GM, discussing Pitt QB Kenny Pickett’s Pro Day: “He showed it all. Huge arm, athletic, quick strike ability. No way he gets out of the top 10. Maybe sooner. We love him.” @kennypickett10
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 21, 2022
Schultz said, “Just spoke with an NFC assistant GM, discussing Pitt QB Kenny Pickett’s Pro Day: ‘He showed it all. Huge arm, athletic, quick-strike ability. No way he gets out of the top 10. Maybe sooner. We love him.'”
One Pro Day changed the tone about him and there might be a chance for a team to trade up and get him.
Who Will Draft Pickett?
The New Jersey-born Pickett had a great 2021 season after becoming a First-Team All-ACC and First-Team All-American.
He also became the ACC Player of the Year and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awardee.
But if the words of that assistant general manager were to become true, a quick glance at the draft order might reveal where he might likely land.
Assuming that no team trades up, the top five draft picks will go to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions, Houston Texans, New York Jets, and New York Giants.
Rounding up the top ten are the Carolina Panthers, the Giants, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, and the Jets.
Looking at those teams, the Lions, the Texans, the Panthers, and the Seahawks might be the teams that are looking to draft a quarterback.
However, any team might imitate what the San Francisco 49ers did last year to land Trey Lance.