Pitt’s Cal Adomitis, Damarri Mathis and Kenny Pickett have been chosen to continue their preparation for the NFL Draft at the 2022 NFL Combine in Indianapolis next month.
The three players were all also in attendance for the 2022 Senior Bowl last week in Mobile, Alabama.
Pickett is one of 15 quarterbacks that have been invited to Indianapolis and Mathis is among 61 defensive backs, but Adomitis was the only long snapper on the list of 324 players released by the NFL on Wednesday.
Pickett is expected to be one of the combine’s big stories, as he declined to have his hand width measured at the Senior Bowl. Hand width is one of the combine’s mandatory measurements, and Pickett will have to continue to answer to those who think his small hand size could hold him back in the NFL.
Mathis, meanwhile, will be subject to running the 40-yard dash for the first time, an all-important measurement for defensive backs and wide receivers.
The scouting combine has been held in Indianapolis since 1988 and is a way for NFL teams to gather measurements and perform tests of strength, speed and agility in a uniform fashion. Teams also have the opportunity to perform medical checks on players and interview them while in Indianapolis.
The combine will take place from March 1-7 at the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts. The 2021 combine was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pitt had just one player at the 2020 NFL Combine, cornerback Dane Jackson. Running back Qadree Ollison participated in 2019. Seven players represented the Panthers in 2018, six in 2017 and one in 2016. Pitt has had at least one player at the combine every season since 2000.
Pitt players in the 2022 NFL Draft pool that were not invited, such as tight end Lucas Krull, defensive tackle Keyshon Camp and linebacker Phil Campbell will be able to go through the same workout and measurements at Pitt’s on-campus pro day on March 23.