Aside from game tapes and the Scouting Combine, NFL teams assess draft prospects via Pro Days.
These events are usually organized by the university to give their players a better shot at showcasing their talent.
The Combine can be a stressful environment that could lead them to perform poorly.
Therefore, schools invite team executives and scouts to witness the aspirants go through a series of drills that will maximize their capabilities.
However, the universities must ensure that NFL franchises desire those players who will participate.
After all, there’s no sense organizing a Pro Day if observers won’t come.
That said, NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala shared a Pro Day that will feature one of the coveted quarterback talents in the 2022 draft.
It’s @Pitt_FB Pro Day and we’re live on @nflnetwork. Kenny Pickett is the big draw; he’s @MoveTheSticks top QB, and can be Pitt’s 1st first-rounder since Aaron Donald and 1st first-round QB since Dan Marino. But long snappers get drafted too and Pitt has the best: Cal Adomitis!
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 21, 2022
Kinkhabwala said, “It’s @Pitt_FB Pro Day and we’re live on @nflnetwork. Kenny Pickett is the big draw; he’s @MoveTheSticks top QB, and can be Pitt’s 1st first-rounder since Aaron Donald and 1st first-round QB since Dan Marino. But long snappers get drafted too and Pitt has the best: Cal Adomitis!”
There was some speculation that the Pittsburgh Steelers might be interested in a quarterback after Ben Roethlisberger retired.
Pickett would have been the best choice out of the class, plus being a Panther makes it a perfect fit.
Who knows, maybe Pickett’s selection by the Steelers could atone for missing on Marino during the 1983 draft.
The New Jersey-born quarterback had a great 2021 season.
Aside from being First-Team All-ACC and First-Team All-American, Pickett also won the ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.
He also received the Senior CLASS Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
In his final season at Pitt, Pickett threw for 4,319 yards, 42 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.
He will have an opportunity to prove that his restricted hand span is all but a number.