With Pitt’s 2021 season officially in the books, Kenny Pickett’s next stop will be the Senior Bowl at the beginning of February.
Pickett, along with teammates Damarri Mathis and Cal Adomitis, was officially added to the Senior Bowl rosters last week, and now Pickett has been named to his team.
Pickett, along with Nevada’s Carson Strong and Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, has been added to the National Senior Bowl team which will be coached by Robert Saleh and the New York Jets’ coaching staff.
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The week of practice, drills and evaluations by NFL scouts will be capped by the actual Senior Bowl game on Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m. at Whitney Hancock Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.
It’s an interesting turn of events for Pickett since the Jets, who selected former BYU quarterback Zack Wilson with the second overall pick last year, likely will not be picking a quarterback — at least on the first two days of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Detroit Lions are another story.
Dan Campbell and the Lions’ coaching staff will be in charge of the American Senior Bowl team, and unlike the Jets, the Lions are very much in need of a quarterback. And with two first round selections and a couple second round selections, the Lions are in a prime position to nab a quarterback early.
With the second and 27th selection in their back pockets, the Lions’ coaching staff will have an even closer look at American Senior Bowl team quarterbacks: North Carolina’s Sam Howell, Liberty’s Malik Willis and Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe.
Of course, the Lions — and every NFL team — will have its eyes on all the prospects at the Senior Bowl regardless of team.