The 2020 NFL Draft is officially in the books which means that upcoming college seniors for the 2021 Draft are all on the clock and that includes Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett.
In his first year in Mark Whipple’s offense, Pickett (6’2″, 225) finished the season completing 289 of 469 attempts (61.6%) for 3,098 yards with 13 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Pickett also has the ability to scramble and make plays with his legs, which will catch the eye of NFL teams.
Keep in mind that Pickett was a group of quarterbacks that received an invitation to the prestigious Archie Manning Quarterback Camp last summer and impressed many people, including NFL Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
In terms of how he’s currently being viewed by NFL front offices and scouts, he’s already included in a early elite group of quarterbacks that could be invited to a prospect showcase following the upcoming college season.
Jim Nagy, the Executive Director of the Reese’s Senior Bowl and ESPN Draft analyst, released his top eight quarterbacks for next year’s Senior Bowl. The list was comprised of Duke quarterback Chase Brice, Mac Jones (Alabama), Kyle Trask (Florida), Kenny Pickett (Pitt), Trevor Lawrence (Clemson), Jack Coan (Wisconsin), Jamie Newman (Georgia) and Brandon Peters (Illinois).
Is this an indication that Pickett has a good chance to get drafted next April? The jury is still out on that question but it does mean that he’s a prospect that NFL personnel are aware of and depending on his performance this upcoming season, it’s a possibility.
— Brady Quinn (@Brady_Quinn) April 26, 2020
Although he won’t have his top target, Maurice Ffrench, to throw to anymore, Pickett will be surrounded by a group of playmakers like Shocky Jacques-Louis, Taysir Mack, Jared Wayne, Jordan Addison, Jaylon Barden, Aydin Henningham, Kyi Wright and Lucas Krull.
Former Pitt quarterback Ben DiNucci was drafted in the 7th round by the Dallas Cowboys. The last Panthers quarterback to be drafted was Nathan Peterman in the 5th round by the Buffalo Bills in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Will Pickett hear his name called in 2021?