The Pittsburgh Steelers took care of one of their most important offseason tasks on Thursday.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Steelers signed the No. 20 overall pick — quarterback Kenny Pickett — to his rookie contract.
Pickett was the final first-round pick to sign his deal.
This means all 32 first-round picks are under contract ✅ https://t.co/7pSGFKAXu2— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 23, 2022
There was of course no question that Pittsburgh was going to sign Pickett. It wasn’t “if”, it was “when”.
Thanks to new rookie salary scales, we don’t really see first-round picks holding out like we saw prior to the 2011 season.
Pickett is currently operating as the Steelers’ No. 3 quarterback in minicamps, though that’s purely by design. He’s the least experienced quarterback on the roster, but I’d expect him to pass Mason Rudolph on Pittsburgh’s depth chart by the time the 2022 season gets underway.
Free-agent addition Mitch Trubisky, however, will almost certainly be the Steelers’ starting quarterback when Pittsburgh kicks off the season on September 11 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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